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James Albert "Jim" Carlile

1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
James Albert Carlile (LTC retired)

Dec 26, 1925 - June 8, 2018

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of James (Jim) Carlile (LT Col. retired), age 92, who passed away at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Friday, June 8, 2018.
Jim was born in Lamesa, TX to Albert R and Jimmie J Carlile. He was raised on a ranch near Wollforth, TX, where he graduated in 1943 from Frenship High School. During high school he helped build and put electricity in the family home, which sparked his interest in electronics and engineering. That lead to his enlisting in the Navy during WW II, where he was a Sonar operator aboard a small Anti-Submarine ship, patrolling the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. He was honorably discharged after the war, having served almost 3 years.
Jim enrolled at Texas Tech, in Lubbock, studying Electrical Engineering and ROTC and was commissioned as a Reserve Officer, Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 1948. Later while attending a summer tour at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA he met and married Anne McNair Hume. They were happily married for 55 years before Anne passed in 2003. Anne happily lived the life of an Army wife over the 22 years that Jim served in the Army.
Jim was commissioned as an Active Duty Second Lieutenant in 1950, and stayed on active duty for 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in May of 1970. He had a total of 12 years overseas with 4 years in combat zones.
While stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany he attended college at night and earned enough credits for degrees in Military Science and Political Science. In the military he was awarded several medals and meritorious honors. He served two tours in Germany, as well as one tour in Korea where he specialized in the building and operation of telephone systems, and one in Vietnam where he was a logistics officer, helping supply the troops.
On retiring from the Army from Ft. Huachuca, AZ, Jim bought a home in Tombstone, AZ, where he held a position as Chief Engineer and Director of Maintenance at Apache Powder Company, where he worked for 12 years before retiring to a life of leisure.
Jim and Anne had two boys, Bruce, who was born while they were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany in 1953 and James Jr. who was born in 1956 while they were stationed in Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Jim and Anne moved to Las Cruces in the 1980s, where they loved the people, the food, the climate, and the culture.
While living in Tombstone, he and his wife were members of a gun-fighting re-enactment group (The Wild Bunch). He was MC of the show and was in one movie and several documentaries. While a member of the group he developed a solo act as an old time traveling medicine man, who was billed as a Master of Music, Mirth, Medicine and Magic.
Jim was deeply involved in lapidary, silver-smithing, ballroom dancing, and radio controlled airplanes. He participated in research in small airplanes and has had articles published in model airplane magazines. Having played guitar since he was a boy, after retirement he studied music, and played in local dance bands and with his son Jim where they were billed as "Jim Squared."
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Anne H. Carlile. He is survived by his sons; Bruce Carlile (Amal) and Jim Carlile, six grandchildren; Brian Carlile, Eowyn (Carlile) McMannis, James Allen Carlile, Mystra Carlile, James Albert Carlile III, and Jack Carlile (Carley), and three great grandchildren; Wallace McMannis, Helena McMannis and Ellis Carlile.
Memorial services for Jim will be held on Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 9:30am at La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador. Inurnment will take place at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX at 1:30pm. To send condolences go to
Jim specifically asked for no flowers to be sent or remembrances donated in his name.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from June 13 to June 17, 2018
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