Claude Thomas James
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Claude Thomas James, second son of William and Alice James, was born on February 18, 1896, in Carrollton, Texas. His early life was spent on the James farm north of Carrollton, near the present Woodlake Addition, where he helped his father and brothers raise cotton and stock. After graduation from high school in 1915, he went to work at Ray Degan's Grocery on the Carrollton Square as a grocery clerk and buyer.

On June 1, 1918, Claude was called into wartime service, where he served in the Army Medical Corps. After his discharge January 1, 1919, he returned home to Carrollton and began farming and raising stock again. In 1922 he went to work for Mr. Jess T. Bynum in the wholesale oil and gas business as a truck driver. In 1922 he bought the business from Mr. Bynum and brought his brother Ernest James in as a working partner. They started out working for Simms Oil Co., and in 1931 changed to City Services Oil Co. His route took him all over Dallas County, including Love Field, where he once delivered fuel for the airplane of Admiral Richard Byrd, the explorer. Also during this time he married Miss Mildred Moore of Celina, Texas.

In 1936 he turned the oil and and gas business over to his brother Ernest and went to work at the old Dallas County Jail. He worked there for twenty-seven years years under three sheriffs: R. A. "Smoot" Schmidt, Steve Guthrie, and Bill Decker. During his career he worked as an elevator operator, juvenile officer, turnkey, and was appointed Chief Jailer under Bill Decker.  Claude was noted or his good hearted sense of humor and his humanitarianism, toward both fellow officers and inmates alike.  It was not uncommon to find him engaged in a game of checkers or conversation with an inmate, and more than once he brought an inmate into his own home to try to help him find his way back into society. He was also active in community functions, giving eighteen years service to the Carrollton City Council, and serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton.

Claude T. James passed away on July 26, 1963, and was buried in Furneaux Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; one daughter, Mrs. Betty Schwegler; and two grandchildren, James and Deborah Schwegler.

by Chip & Mildred James
Elm Fork Echoes - November 1976; Volume 4, Number Two



JAMES, Claude T. 1014 Clint Street Carrollton. Survived by Mrs. Mildred James, daughter, Miss Betty James, both of Carrollton, nephews, Ralph (Hobby) James, Jerrell (Bo) and Frank James, nieces, Mrs. Jewel Sebastian, Miss Doren James, Miss Mona Sue James. Services Friday 3 p.m. First Baptist Church, Dr. Fred A White officiating. Interment Cemetery Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers: Les Richardson, Lee Gravley, Jake Stiles, V. L. (Butch) West, Burl White, Carl G? Roland

The Dallas Morning News - July 26, 1963
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


CLAUDE T. 1896 - 1963
MILDRED G. 1907 - 1993

Furneaux Cemetery, Carrollton, Denton Co., Texas


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