Graveside services for Mr. James Stuart “Jim” Hamblen, 86, of Overton, were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Overton City Cemetery with Rev. Fred Parsons officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.
Mr. Hamblen passed from this life on June 8, 2020, at Hospice of East Texas Homeplace in Tyler. He was born May 4, 1934, in Sweetwater to the late James and Aline (Pollard) Hamblen and has lived in Overton for the last 25 years. Jim graduated from Hillcrest High School and went on to graduate from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He proudly served his country in the United States Army and spent 2 years stationed in Germany. Later, Mr. Hamblen entered the tire industry and was self-employed before going to work for, and retiring from, Bridgestone/Firestone as a National Sales Manager.
Jim was an active man who loved to hunt and play tennis, and he thoroughly enjoyed barber shop singing. He was very active in his community as well as the Rotary Club which included RYLA. Mr. Hamblen also served as a board member for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco. Jim was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Overton and was very involved, which included serving as the Finance Director for several years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, William Hamblen.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Jean Beth Hamblen of Overton; children, Beth Good of Dallas, and Fletcher Hamblen and wife Holly of Richmond, Virginia; brothers, Dr. Robert Hamblen and wife Cybee of San Angelo, and Paschall Hamblen and wife Vicki of Iola; sisters, Martha Ann Griffith and husband Ed of Taylor, Cheree Hayes of Cypress Mills, and Lisa Hood of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Elizabeth and husband Christian, Cathleen and husband Michael, Tyler and wife Lindsay, Travis, Madison, and Tucker; great-granddaughter, Whitney; son-in-law, Chip Good of London, England; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, as well as other family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be The Methodist Men.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Overton, 213 E. Henderson St., Overton, TX 75684, to help start a fund to help the community youth in Overton.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.