March 10, 1935 - March 2, 2014|
James (Cowboy) Preston
We thought about you often and
Always spoke your name
All we have now is memories and pictures in a frame
Jimmy was born in a cabin with a dirt floor in Water Valley, AR. His young mother had a mid-wife, and only a lantern for light as she gave birth to her third little boy, James.
In December 1936, his birth mother, Pernie Mae Defoe Preston tragically died. When Jimmy was not yet two years old, his birth father disappeared. His grandparents, Clarence and Lillie Defoe of Cashion, AZ took care of this baby boy, his big brothers Philip Stephen, 4 years old and John Paul, 5 years old. Another blow to the family happened when Grandma Lillie Defoe met her death in January 1937. The three Preston boys were put into an orphanage in depression ridden Phoenix, AZ.
Lillie Defoe's younger half-brother, William Hoskins and wife Ruby adopted these motherless little boys in November 1937. They took them into their home and hearts and did their best to raise them to be fine men.
James nephews' memories are, "Uncle Jim entertained us with many stories of his travel through the country, wrestling alligators in Florida, working at rodeos and his love for horses. He played old songs on his harmonica.
James out lived his adoptive parents, his older brother John Paul Hoskins, who was classified in 1966 as a Navy seaman MIA and his brother Philip Stephen Hoskins.
On March 2, 2014, when James went to meet his Maker, we know that great happiness was experienced because the three brothers finally were back together again.
James final resting place will be in Southern California near his birth mother and his adoptive mother and father in Inglewood Cemetery.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 4, 2014