James Deryl Tapp (1927 - 2018)

Obituary
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James Deryl Tapp, age 90, passed away on August 16, 2018, in Clovis, NM. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at First Baptist Church Chapel, 205 W. 8th, Plainview, Texas, with Dr. Jacob West and Lanny Voss officiating. Deryl was born September 19, 1927, in Lubbock, Texas to James Floyd and Velma Wassom Tapp. He married his high school sweetheart, Thelma Louise Alford, on June 1,1945, in Lubbock. She passed away on December 29, 2014.
They moved to Plainview in 1960 where Deryl was a businessman for many years. He and Thelma owned and operated the Tapp Office Supply and Christian Bookstore in Plainview for almost 40 years. He was a devoted member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Plainview. Deryl joined Gideons International in 1968. The ministry became an integral part of his life that he faithfully served until his passing. A few years after joining, he was elected to the offices of Chaplain, Treasurer, and President of the State of Texas Gideons. Deryl was also involved in the prison ministry and went on mission trips to Japan, Brazil, Russia, and Spain to spread the Gospel. After moving to Clovis, NM, Deryl had the opportunity to further his love of sharing the Lord by establishing a church at Wheatfields Senior Living Facility where he was residing.
Deryl was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Velma; his beloved wife, Thelma; his brothers, Therrell Tapp and Doyle Tapp; and his son-in-law, Thomas Wayne McClaran. Those left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Sue McClaran of Farwell, Texas, Jan Gattis and husband Homer of Hesston, Kansas, and Carol Kaufman and husband Randy of Plainview; one sister, JoAnn Tapp Starkey of Duncanville, Texas; and one brother, Bill Tapp of Bullard, Texas. He was blessed to have 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. They brought tremendous joy
to his life.
Deryl's body was donated, per his request, to Texas Tech School of Medicine. The family suggests memorials to: Gideons International, PO Box 771, Plainview, Texas 79073-0771
Published in Plainview Daily Herald from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2018