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James Paul Alvis, age 81, of Gardiner, entered the presence of the Lord Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. He was born Feb. 7, 1930, to John N. Alvis and Mary Della (Sally) Alvis in Legville near Athens, Texas.
He is preceded into death by his wife, Laurella Rae (Woirhaye) Alvis; his parents; and three brothers, Willie, Oscar Lee, and Joseph Gordon.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his brother, John D. and Estelle Alvis of DeKalb, Texas; sons, James L. and Teresa Alvis of Gardiner, John R. and Cheryl Alvis of Austin, Texas. James has four grandchildren that he loved dearly, Laura Ann Alvis of Gardiner, and John Jeremy, Jason Daniel, and Joel Michael of Austin, Texas. In addition, James has many loving cousins, nieces and nephews in Texas, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Alabama.
James served in the Army during the Korean War and afterward settled with his wife in Waddell and then Phoenix, Ariz. There, he worked in drywall construction and constructed two of his four of his own homes built over his lifespan.
James and Laurella and sons, Jim and John, traveled to the Ennis area every summer to visit Laurella's many relatives in the Harrison and Butte area, while enjoying the great fly fishing opportunities on the Madison River. He and his wife later moved to Ennis in 1985, fulfilling his dream of living in the Big Sky Country.
James was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a good friend to many and most appreciative of the help he received from caregivers in his last years of life. His faith in God was great and a legacy for friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all who have had the privilege of knowing him.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at Livingston Christian Center, 1400 Mount Baldy Drive. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. Monday in Harrison Cemetery.
Cards may be sent in care of James L. Alvis, 1027 Highway 89 S., Gardiner, MT 59039.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 14, 2011