The family and friends of James Anthony Isham, HMC USN (ret), will celebrate his life at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Flint Texas on Tuesday April 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM. Services are under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. James Anthony died at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler, Texas on 7 April. He was 74 years old.
James Anthony was born in Overton, Texas on October 1, 1936. He joined the service in July 1952 as a member of the Texas National Guard. He then joined the Navy in 1953 and served as a Hospital Corpsman until his retirement on February 9, 1973. He was a Vietnam War veteran serving with the Marines of the 3rd Recon Bn.
After his naval service, He earned his RN degree from Kilgore College and a Bachelor of Science from University of Texas at Tyler. As a registered nurse, he worked at Mother Francis Hospital and Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview. As an occupational health nurse, he retired from Trane in 1992 where he had served as the head nurse in the medical services department.
James Anthony was an active member of St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Marine Corps League and a charter member of the Alpha Group.
A very loving husband, father and grandfather, James Anthony is survived by his wife of 26 years, Theresa Diane Isham, his daughter, Lisa Isham Ellis (Melt Ellis) and his son Christian Anthony Isham (Christine Mendoza Isham) and their mother Shirley Carole Isham. Additionally he has five grandchildren; Lee Allen Isham, Shelby Christine Isham, Emily Catherine Isham, Michaela Grace Ellis, and Christian Anthony Isham Jr, and his great grandson Michael Turner Isham. He is predeceased by his brother David Isham and a son, Douglas Carroll Isham.
He lived by and passed on to so many people the following words “Knowledge is of little use without wisdom, and there is no wisdom without spirituality, and true spirituality always includes service to others.” His total service to others will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to ADAPT, 1203 N. Broadway, Tyler, TX, 75702.