James Durham

June 20, 1938 - November 13, 2020

James Loyd Durham, 82, of Beaumont, passed away, Friday, November 13, 2020. He was born June 20, 1938, in Chester, Texas to Simon and Bertie Lee Durham. 

He graduated from Kirby High School in Woodville in 1956. He served three years in the United States Army, with two years in Germany. He worked thirty-four years for Unocal Refinery and Unocal Pipeline terminal as a senior draftsman and maintenance foreman, in Nederland.

After retirement in 1997, he enjoyed fifteen years of fishing at Lake Sam Rayburn. After that he did volunteer work at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. He was a member of One City Church of Beaumont. 

Survivors include his wife, Anita Landry Durham of Beaumont; son, Christopher James Durham of Pearland; daughter, Sarah Ellen Durham of Houston; son, Lonnie Dale Durham of Beaumont; sister-in-law, Flora Nell Durham; many nieces and nephews and extended family. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mayola Collier and her husband, Joe; Louvine Butler and her husband, Edward; and Myrtle Breckenridge and her husband, Claude; and brothers, Brady Durham and Grady Durham and his wife, Mildred. 

The family would like to thank the caregivers, especially Dinah Cheryl Durham and Mona Jones. 

Memorial Contributions for Mr. Durham may be made to ALS Foundation- Texas Chapter, 1213 Hermann Drive, Ste. 525, Houston, Texas 77004.

A gathering of Mr. Durham’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 16, 2020, in the Chapel of One City Church, 2350 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont with his interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, Vidor. 

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Restlawn Memorial Park

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  • 2725 n. main vidor tx 77662

Funeral Service

Funeral Service
  • 2350 Easte xFreeway, Beaumont, Texas
  • 11/16/2020
  • 11:00 am

A Gathering of Mr. Durham's Family and Friends

A Gathering of Mr. Durham's Family and Friends
  • 2000 mcfaddin street beaumont tx 77701
  • 11/15/2020
  • 5:18 pm

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lester ryall

Anita , sorry to see your husband passed away. I know he was ill and suffering many years. I will pray for his happy life hereafter . If I can help in anyway let me know, Lester Ryall

Carolyn Oster

Anita, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you will miss him terribly. May he rest in peace.

Teri Goforth Cornish

I’m so sorry Anita. You are in my prayers as always my friend!

Jeff Purcell

Anita, Lonnie, and family: I am sorry to hear of James passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cindy powers

Anita and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have cared for James with all your heart. May he rest in peace

Shari Stark

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Durham's passing. He was such a sweet and kind man. Mrs. Durham, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.