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SHREVEPORT LA- Services celebrating the life of Jim McCullough, Sr., 83, will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012, First Baptist Church Frost Chapel. Officiating will be Ray Boswell and Dr. Jeff Raines. A private family interment will follow in Centuries Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April, 10, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Marshall Street.

Jim McCullough Sr. was born on May 12, 1928 in Mansfield, LA. While growing up in Lebanon, MO, Jim was always seeking adventure hunting, fishing and riding. That sense of adventure continued throughout his life with a love of flying and eventually resulted in a desire to tell stories.

Jim McCullough Productions was the realization of Jim Sr.'s childhood dream, making award winning movies. In pursuit of his aim, he attended Centenary College and UCLA. While attending school in Los Angeles, Jim worked as an actor in CBS's live-action Playhouse 90 Theater and Ziv Studio's Highway Patrol and Black Beauty. His best known feature film was Where the Red Fern Grows.

His daughter Cathy wrote and directed the children's series, The Gator Girls Adventures. Cathy also worked on production with her dad. His beloved wife, Lel, was founding principal of Caddo Parish Middle Magnet. Jimmie also directed the successful sequel written by his son Jim McCullough, Jr. Father and son were inducted to the Red River Walk of Stars in 2001 by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

Perhaps he can best be remembered by this poem:

"I'm an old man but I've never done anything I truly regret

I've learned my lessons the hard way;

lessons I'll never forget.

I've always had help to earn it, and anything

I've needed to know

I found some way to learn it, grateful for all God's gifts."

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Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 9, 2012
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