James Leo Shuler, 89,
departed this earth on July 11, 2021, and is now enjoying his forever home with
his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A
celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021, at
Coker-Mathews Funeral Home, Greenville, Texas with Rev. Jose Amaya
officiating. Interment will be at IOOF
Cemetery in Caddo Mills, Texas. Family
visitation will precede the service at 9:00 a.m.
Jim was born at home on February 21, 1932, to Walter
Leo and Ina Faye Hardaway Shuler, in Caddo Mills, Texas. He married his high school sweetheart, Cleta
Joy Jordan, on March 15, 1952. He was a
1950 graduate of Caddo Mills High School and went on to receive a B.S. in
Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University in 1953. Later in life, he attended night and weekend
classes to obtain a Masterís in International Management from University of
Dallas. Retiring in 1990, his entire professional career was spent in the
defense industry working for Temco, LTV, and E-Systems.
Jim was a charter member
of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for most of his adult
life. He enjoyed singing tenor in the
choir, teaching 9th grade boys Sunday School, ministering as a
deacon, and participating in mission trips to Nevada, Mexico, Guatemala,
Brazil, and the Philippine Islands.
He was preceded in death
by his beloved wife of almost 62 years, Cleta, his parents, Waler Leo and Ina
Faye Hardaway Shuler, his brother-in-law, William Robert Bearding of Phoenix,
Arizona, and his nephew, Robert Dan Bearding of Somes Bar, California.
Jim is survived by his
children Allan Shuler and wife Mendy of Caddo Mills, Texas, Laurie Shuler of
Greenville, Texas, and Dolores Ackley and husband Steve of Garland, Texas;
grandchildren Tonna Shuler Dishner of Greenville, Texas, Michael Shahan of
Petersburg, Virginia, Elizabeth Ackley Swaminathan of Austin, Texas, Rebecca
Ackley of Dayton, Ohio, Matthew Ackley of Grapevine, Texas and Benjamin Ackley
of Frisco, Texas; great-grandchildren J. Dishner of Lubbock, Texas, Abigail Dishner
Drews and husband Kaegan of Tyler, Texas, Mason Dishner of Caddo Mills, Texas, and
Catherine Swaminathan of Austin, Texas; sister Jeanne Bearding of Phoenix,
Arizona; and niece, Elizabeth Bearding Marshall and husband Hank of Phoenix,
Jim will be remembered
for his independent spirit, his unflinching integrity, his generous nature with
friends and family, his servantís heart to anyone in need, and his love,
strength, and leadership as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather,
and friend. His life-long affinity for
nature and his work as a conservationist leaves outdoor spaces that will be
enjoyed by many for generations to come.
In lieu of flowers, the
family respectfully asks that you consider a donation to Ridgecrest Iglesia
Bautista Hispana in Greenville, Texas, or to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be
made at www.cokermathews.com.