The Celebration of Life for Mr. James B. DeLoach, Sr., 89, of Orange, will be Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1pm during Graveside Services at Union Hill Cemetery in Winnfield, LA under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Military Honors will be given by the U. S. Army Burial Detail from the Fort Polk Military Base at Fort Polk South Louisiana.
Visitation will be Friday, April 30, 2021 from 3 until 5 pm at the Salem United Methodist Church in Orange, TX.
James was born on Wednesday, June 17, 1931, to Sebron and Cammie DeLoach in Calvin, LA. He was the sixth child born to this union. His sisters and brothers that have preceded him in death are Frederick, Felix, Robert, Eva, Ruth, Alva, and Clara. His surviving sibling is Sebron, Jr. (Tonette) from Shreveport, LA.
James joined Saline Grove Baptist Church at an early age and remained there until he moved away.
James joined the Army as a young man and served in the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge from the service.
After his military service to his country, he returned to Winnfield and attended Barber School in Kilgore, Texas. He later worked in the lumber industry.
On November 1, 1958 James married Madgielean (Madgie) Ruth Hobdy. Together they had three children: Jacqueline (Jackie), James, Jr. (deceased) and Veronica (deceased).
In 1966, James moved his family to Orange, Texas. He joined Starlight Baptist Church where he became a Deacon. He later joined Rising Star Baptist Church where he became head Deacon. He worked at Levingston Shipbuilding Company for nearly 20 years. After the company closed, he worked as a painter and sandblaster for ten years before retiring.
After retirement, James worked for the Port of Orange as a security guard for a short period of time.
When his wife, Madgie, became ill he stayed home and took care of her until her death on December 19, 2011. They were married for 53 years.
On Saturday, April 24th, God called James home.
He had been a great husband, father and grandfather. We loved him dearly but God loved him more.
Cherishing his memory forever is one granddaughter, Victoria Evon Rachal, of Orange, TX. She brought joy and happiness beyond compare to his life. He also leaves two grandsons: James Berry DeLoach, III and Robert DeLoach in Kenosha, Wisconsin. God son: Duke Cotton, Orange, TX.
He leaves one daughter, Jacqueline (Jackie) Rachal of Orange, TX. She credits her father for giving her a sense of humor about life. His saying was, “No matter how bad a situation might be there’s always something to smile about.”
He will be missed by many nieces and nephews, cousins, Great nieces and nephews and many friends.