James Raney

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James E. Raney, 74, passed away on June 21, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born the 25th day of February 1940 to the union of James Nathan and Maurine Key Raney in Madisonville, Texas. A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Howard Castleberry. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas. Army military rites will be rendered. Pallbearers will include Mike Latimer, Doug Kayem, David Thomas, Vance Tiller, Alan Fitch, Ben Miles. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Aikin, Gary C. Godfrey, Arthur Speck, Johnny Hayman, Billy Willis, and Johnnie Johnson. Friends and family are invited to open visitation on Monday, June 23, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Family will be present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be offered to Sandra and James E. Raney Scholarship Fund. James was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 48 years, Sandra Hill Raney; older sister, Marjorie Ann; and infant brother and infant sister. James is survived by his wife, Vida Lynne Kowalski Raney, whom he married June 23, 2012. Vida was a loving and caring wife who gave James all the attention one could ask for. He often said, "She was fun." He loved her very much, without question. He is survived by his daughters, Penny Raney of Dallas, Julie Raney Williams and husband, Kirby Lee Williams of Flower Mound; grandchildren, Kate, Claire, and Dray Schmidt, and Sam, Avery and Zoe Williams; sisters, Theda Raney Flournoy, and Eileen and husband, John J. Thrash; brother, John N. Raney and wife, Elizabeth; and numerous nieces and nephews. James moved with his family to Huntsville, Texas, in 1950 where he was graduated with the class of 1958. After graduation from college, he served in the Army and U.S. Army Reserve for six years, having attained the rank of first lieutenant. James and Sandra moved to Nacogdoches July 4, 1966, where they opened the Varsity Book Store. They operated the store until Feb. 28, 2003, at which time it was sold. James devoted much of his life to public service to his community. He served nine years as trustee on the Nacogdoches ISD school board, including two years as president, and 10 years on the city commission (city council), with two as mayor. Gov. Clements appointed him to the Criminal Justice Task Force Commission and Gov. Clements also twice appointed James as chairman of the DETCOG Regional Review Committee. Gov. Perry appointed him to the Angelina-Neches River Authority Board of Directors. He was past master of Milam Lodge No. 2, a member of all York Rite Bodies, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He was a member of Safari Club International, and a life member of Texas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association. He also was a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He was a Rotarian, having served on the board of and the Nacogdoches Rotary Club. James was a past president of the Nacogdoches Booster Club. James was an Episcopalian, having served on the Vestry of Christ Church and as senior warden. He was faithful in his attendance and giving. He hated no one. To him, to "hate" was unforgiveable. He was quick to forgive and forget. James tried to live as an example, for by doing so he could affect more people than by the spoken word. Online condolences may be offered to www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 North St., Nacogdoches, Texas, 75965. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on June 23, 2014
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