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James Shelby Calkins


1922 - 2011 Obituary Condolences

James Shelby Calkins, 89, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Decatur, Texas.
He was born Feb. 24, 1922, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Roy and Wenona (Davis) Calkins.
Shelby grew up in Sacramento, and even though he moved away, he always considered the mountains his home.
He married Dorothy Dean Chandler, who preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 1989, on March 27, 1961.
In 1967, he established Basin Pipe and Metal in Alamogordo, a successful scrap metal, structural pipe/steel and recycling center. He retired in 1984. After retirement, he began the art of violin making. His hobby was extensive and was awarded for his craftsmanship.
Shelby was baptized as a Jehovah's Witnesses on Oct. 1, 1969, and presided as an elder for many years. He was known for his faith in his god Jehovah and felt it to be a privilege to share the good news of God's Kingdom with others.
He moved to Denton, Texas, in 1990 to help in the construction of an Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, where he met his wife, Lillian Pauline Geist. They were married Sept. 5, 1992, and moved to Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother Bruce Calkins; and his younger brother Dr. Homer Calkins.
He is survived by his wife Pauline, of the family home; his daughter and son-in-law, Lance and Robin Giest, of Tularosa; his granddaughter Britney Giest and grandson Trevor Giest; stepson, Larry Davis, of Decatur; stepdaughters Toni Wood, of Dallas, and Michele Martinez, of Irving, Texas; and numerous grand children.
Shelby is also survived by his sister Frances Fenimore, of Alamogordo; nieces Patricia Bloomquist and her husband, Thumper, of North Hollywood, Calif., Jeanne Mills and her husband, Mike, of San Antonio, and their children Carol Kenyon and her husband, Ward, of Alamogordo, and their children Lesa Phipps of Vernonia, Ore.; and nephew Dr. Willis Calkins, of Alamogordo.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 800 W. Mulberry St., in Decatur.
A memorial service will also take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1515 Fairview, in Tularosa.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 3 to July 3, 2011
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