May 5, 1926 - October 4, 2013 PARIS, TX James Roland Eatherly, 87, passed away on October 4, 2013, in his hometown of Paris, Texas. James was born on May 5, 1926, in Lamar County, Texas, as the oldest son and second child of Jim and Edna Mae (Shannon) Eatherly. Raised on a farm with three brothers and five sisters, he graduated from Deport High School and then enlisted in the Navy in 1943. After serving in Japan and the Pacific during World War II, he attended East Texas State College on the GI Bill, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in government and economics. Later education included classes at Trinity College in San Antonio and Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He married Eleanor Rose Scott in San Antonio, Texas, in 1950, and together they raised three children, Pamela, Jimmie, and Matt. James began his career in finance working for Commercial Credit Corporation in San Antonio, Austin, and later in Houston. In 1963, he accepted a position with the Security Bank and Trust Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where he worked for 11 years. In 1974, he purchased controlling interest in The First National Bank in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, and assumed the position of President and Chairman. As an avid volunteer, he held leadership positions in many local business groups and political and charitable organizations. James was active in the Community Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association. He served on the faculties of the Advanced Agricultural Banking School at Iowa State University and the University of Oklahoma School for Commercial Lending. He was also elected Chairman of the American Bankers Association's Agricultural Bankers Division. Recognized as an authority in agricultural banking, he served on several task forces, as well as testified before numerous Congressional Committees. He served in an advisory capacity at various times to the Comptroller of the Currency, Secretary of Agriculture, and the Department of Justice. After 40 years in the banking industry, James sold his interests in the First National Bank of Oklahoma in 2002. He subsequently retired and moved to The Villages, Florida, where he enjoyed the nice weather and traveling with his family. James was preceded in death by his parents; older sister, Amy Ruth Lovelock; and his brothers, Freddie L. Eatherly and David W. Eatherly. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Rose (Scott) Eatherly; and their children: Pamela Legate and husband Pat, Austin, Texas; Jimmie Alice Eatherly and husband Wayne Rickman, The Villages, Florida; and Matthew Scott Eatherly and wife Ann, Orlando, Florida; five grandchildren, Shannon Rickman, Isabel and Pascal Legate, and Alyssa and Anna Eatherly; younger brother and sisters, Richard Harold Eatherly, Mary Bounds, Nelda Price, Lynda Stephens, and Judy Yandell; and many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered fondly as someone who proudly provided care and comfort to all of his family, whom he dearly loved. Friends and family get together will be held at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, 730 Clarksville Street in Paris, Texas, Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. A chapel service will be held at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home on Monday, October 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com www.fry-gibbs.com

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Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home - Paris
730 Clarksville Street  Paris, TX 75460
(903) 784-3366

Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 6, 2013