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James Gordon Colston

James Gordon Colston, 79 of Channing, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Memorial services are scheduled for 11 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Talon Point with Pastor Keith Hight, pastor of Middlewell Methodist Church, officiating. Private family burial will take place in Dumas Cemetery under the direction of Beeson ~ Morrison Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 5 o’clock until 7 o’clock in the evening on Tuesday at the funeral home.

James was born on October 25, 1942, in Yuma, AZ to John Bee Gordon and Katherine Mable (Brewer) Colston. He grew up in Dumas and graduated from Dumas High School with the class of 1963. After graduation, James was united in marriage to Wanda Harbert on August 21, 1964. James went to work at Shamrock Oil and Gas and eventually retired from Valero after 37 years of service as a 1st class pipefitter. James had a love for everything in life. He enjoyed riding horses, working cattle, playing 42 and dancing. More than anything, James loved his family and was very proud of his grandchildren. He followed them in all their endeavors and would always speak of their accomplishments. James was a member of the Middlewell Methodist Church and will be missed by all who knew him.

James was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Betty Norrid and Connie Harbert; brothers: Wayne Colston and Donald Colston.

James is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wanda of the home; daughters: Kelli Lanham and husband James of Dumas, TX and Carolee Trolinger and husband Raymond of Borger, TX; grandchildren: Derrick Lanham and wife Haupe of Channing, TX, Brady Lanham of Dalhart, TX, Kimber Trolinger of Pampa, TX, Cooper Trolinger of Plainview, TX and Quaid Trolinger of Borger, TX; sister: Ann Baker and husband John of Hewitt, TX; brother: John Bee Colston and wife Darlene of Three Rivers, TX; sister in law: Doris Harbert of Piedmont, OK; great grandchildren: Kennedi, Porter, Laramie, Taralee and Wade; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests with gratitude that memorials be made to Middlewell Methodist Church, 5895 Road W, Channing TX 79018.

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Wanda and family, I am saddened by the loss of James. He and I had some good times at DHS. May God comfort you and heal you.

Jimmy Wilson Jan 17 2022 3:44 PM

Wanda & Family i am so sorry for your loss. I know James will be greatly missed. May the Lord be especially near & comfort as only He can. Keeping you all in my prayers. God Bless 🙏

Kimberly Roberts Jan 12 2022 2:36 PM

My deepest sympathies to Wand and the rest of the family. James was always friendly and was always escorting Wanda. He was more a member of our class (1965) when they came to class functions. He knew you when ever he saw you and you him. My prayers to Wanda and the family. He will be deeply missed by all.

Gwen Barnhart Jan 11 2022 11:05 AM

Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you all.

Chris and Lynn Carroll Jan 11 2022 10:52 AM

My heart breaks for the passing of my great uncles James. I know he is happy to see my grandma, Betty, Norrid. It had been a long while since I've seen Uncle James but he was always a staple in my heart. Rest now Uncle James.

Aspen Watters Jan 10 2022 8:31 PM

Wanda, prayers for you and your family. We know James will be missed. We always enjoyed seeing him at the class reunions. He was such a nice guy. Many prayers!

Jay and Kay Miller Jan 10 2022 8:18 PM

Sure are thinking of you today. It's hard to believe that he is gone. Cecil says that he is probably setting up a "barn dance" for us right now. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with all of you and your family. Love, Cecil and Judy Brown

Cecil Brown Jan 10 2022 7:13 PM

I have known James for a long time. I really enjoyed knowing James and working with him some, James was a good man. We are sorry for your loss Wanda and family. We are praying for you.

Howard And LuAnn Clark Jan 10 2022 6:18 PM

I am brokenhearted over your loss! My daddy, JL Kuykendall, (who died Aug. 2021) worked with James at Diamond Shamrock and I know he thought highly of him! I pray God's peace & comfort surround you!

Jean McDaniel Jan 10 2022 2:59 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I feel your pain.

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