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Obituary – James Elvis Tully

James Elvis Tully

A memorial service for Dr. James (Jim) Elvis Tully, age 92, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Jerry Savage of League Street Church of Christ officiating. There will be no formal visitation. Jim passed away on January 12, 2022, at his residence.

Jim was born on March 8, 1929, in Dike, Texas, to Joseph Lee and Rosa Bell (Eades) Tully. He married Peggy Simpson on May 3, 1986, in Snyder, Texas. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Math in 1949 at East Texas State Teachers College. He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Houston and finished his Doctorate in Education in 1971 at East Texas State University. Dr. Tully taught in public education systems for 38 years, including schools in Santa Fe, Alvin, and Houston. He helped start and served as the Dean of Learning Resources at Western Texas College in Snyder for 17 years while teaching at the college. He also taught at Texas Tech, the University of Texas at Austin, Sul Ross University, and at East Texas State University. He started and served as Executive Secretary of the Texas Association for Educational Technology.

Jim actively served in the United States Army from 1952 through 1954, primarily at Camp Chafee in Arkansas, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. He then served for 9 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, for a total of 11 years of service to our nation.

Jim was a member and Deacon at Eastside Church of Christ in Snyder. Texas. He was an active and dedicated member of League Street Church of Christ and was instrumental in several efforts including establishing the food pantry and the jail ministry.

Jim is a Life Member of the Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club and has been a Kiwanian for 51 years, with 46 years of perfect attendance. His wealth of knowledge and experience is a valuable resource for the local club to this day. While at Western Texas College he started the first Golden K club in the State of Texas and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Division 22. Later, after returning home, he helped charter a local Golden K club in Sulphur Springs.

Jim’s passions included golfing, fishing, and enjoying time with friends and family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; son, Randy McWhirter of Seguin; daughters, Susan Tully Pate Adams of Katy, Terri Lynch and husband Ernest of McKinney, Gina Bruton and husband Derrick of McKinney; granddaughters, Brittney Pate of Haslet, Melissa Adams of Denton, Annelise Lynch of Houston; grandsons, Nathan Lynch of Houston, Kale Bruton of Richardson and Reid Bruton of McKinney; and great-grandchildren, Braxton, Charley, and Jace all of Haslet.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vertis and Robert Tully; and sisters, Floy Moore, IV Bruno.

Arrangements under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the League Street Church of Christ Youth Fund or the American Cancer Society.

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Author: KSST Contributor

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