Published: 2:27 pm, Wed. Nov. 15th, 2017Updated: 2:26 pm
Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Pinon Cemetery in Pinon for James Robert “Jim” Gillum of Cedar Creek, Texas.
Gillum, 78, passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at his home, with his wife by his side.
Dan Bell will officiate the services. Pallbearers will be Dan Copeland, Trey Lewis, Odie Prather, James Dean Gillum, Justin Mejia and Juan Granillo. Honorary pallbearers are Sonny Watts, Dalton Bell, Nick Gage, Jack Copeland, Gastin Lewis and Bryan Prather.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Terpening & Son Mortuary. The family will receive visitors from 3-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Jim was born Oct. 8, 1939, in Ashland, Ky. From there, he moved with his family to Houston, Texas, where he spent a few years alternating with time spent in Kentucky. He started school in Marshall, Ill., before moving to California before the end of that school year. This pattern was established, and he moved often across the country, spending the last three years of high school in two different towns in Louisiana.
When he finished school, Jim joined the U.S. Army and continued his nomadic lifestyle. He served the last part of his enlistment in Germany. Afterward, he settled in Houston, where he met Phyllis Sowell. The two married in 1963 and lived the next 11 years in three different towns in the Beaumont, Texas, area.
In 1965, their twin sons were born in Port Arthur, Texas. One of the twins, Randall Lane, did not survive. Russell Wayne lived until he was 34.
In 1974, Jim and his family moved to the ranch at Pinon. He grew roots on his ranch, and his heart remained there for the rest of his life. Due to his health, it was necessary to move to Central Texas, where he spent the last five years. Although it was not his first choice, the move allowed him to live longer, stay close to his family, and meet his grandson, Justin Mejia, Justin’s wife, Jentry, and his great-grandson, Jaxton.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; brother John Gillum and Melanie; sisters Lois Whidden, Mary Ellen Yeakle and Elizabeth Lube; daughter-in-law Ann Gillum and her daughter, Christi Gonzales; niece Robyn Abernathy, who is like a daughter, and her family; foster daughter Robin Punneo and her family; grandsons James Dean Gillum and family, Justin Mejia and family, and the grandson of his heart, Juan Granillo and family; nieces Pam Wolfson, Sharon Hall and Karen Emmons; and nephews David Yeakle and Cade Lube.
He was preceded in death by his parents, I.W. Gillum Sr. and Gertrude (Hillman); brother Ira Jr.; and sons Randall and Russell.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.