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MSgt. James (Jim) Arla Aulds went to be with the Lord on February 28, 2013 in San Antonio, TX at the age of 80. He was born on December 21, 1932 in Farmerville, LA. He was preceded in death by his father Cecil Aulds, mother Adelle Smith, brother Truman Aulds, late wife Ann Aulds. He is survived by his wife Karoline, son James (Alma) Aulds, two daughters Cathy (Robert) Johnston and Elizabeth Aulds, sister Pat (John) DeSpain, brother Roger (Michal) Aulds, two sisters-in-law Barbara Aulds and Karen Olcott, step-mother Mabel Aulds, mother-in-law Linnea Proulx, and Ida Campesi mother of James & Cathy. He is also survived by four step-sons Robert (Pam) Kerr, Mark (Susan) Kerr, Byron White, Eric (Sarah) White, two step-daughters Janet Montgomery and Andria (Mark) Burton, 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim served one year in the U.S. Navy and 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as Director of Personnel. He served in England, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Virginia, Florida and Texas. While in Thailand for a year, Jim served as Director of Personnel for all of Southeast Asia. (He didn't want to eat Asian food ever again.) He also received a Meritorious Service Award. After his military service, Jim worked for 20 years in the moving and storage business in the Corporate Sales Division for Scobey and Roger Ward North American. In 1997, he received the Achiever Sales Club Winner Award for generating over a million dollars worth of sales. After retiring, Jim volunteered as a Caremobile Driver at B.A.M.C. (S.A.M.M.C), sometimes driving people around for an hour who had lost their car in the parking lot. Jim loved to go sailing at Canyon Lake every Wednesday with his retired sailing buddies. Jim loved God; as a charter member of The Fellowship of San Antonio, he faithfully attended services until his illnesses precluded his physical attendance. Jim remained a faithful servant and trusted in the Lord. The family wishes to give thanks to the many loving people who helped with his care: A-Plus Family Care (Home Health Service), especially Jose and Reva; Vitas Hospice, especially Maria, Rosa and the inpatient nurses. very special thank you to Arturo, Jim's part-time caregiver for two years. Arturo was indispensable to the entire family going "above and beyond" any job description. Another special thank you to Pastor Ron Hill, Jan and The Fellowship of San Antonio. They never forgot Jim, raising him up in love and prayers throughout Jim's seven years of illness. MacArthur Park Lutheran also kept Jim on their prayer list; Pastor Paul Ziese and Linda Hammonds, Care Coordinator, called frequently to check on Jim and offer prayer and encouragement. Jim was loved dearly and he in turn loved his family and many others. He will be greatly missed, always loved and never forgotten. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 7 at The Fellowship of San Antonio, 23755 Canyon Golf Road, Pastor Ron Hill, presiding. Directions to the church may be found on their website. Look under the "Info About Us" tab: "Directions." If you wish to do so in lieu of flowers, you may donate to the
or The Fellowship of San Antonio as a memorial to Jim.
Published in Express-News on Mar. 5, 2013