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James Carroll Straley

    Funeral services for James Carroll Straley, 83, of Welch, Texas will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Welch with Ben Phipps officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Branon Funeral Home.
    Carroll passed away Saturday, December 9, 2023 in Welch, Texas at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born November 11, 1940, in Lampasas, Texas to Albert James and Annie Maye (Beavers) Straley. He married Wanda Lou Wilson February, 27, 1965 in Welch at the First Baptist Church. They had been married for 58 years.
    Carroll farmed from 1968 to 1991 before handing the reins over to his sons, he then went to work for Dawson County, Prec. 3 from 1991 to 1997. At which time he started driving a transport truck for Helena Chemicals until 2007 when he decided to retire… which never slowed him down. He would love to sit and watch the hummingbirds outside his window and watch sports. He loved his Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboy’s, he would watch all sporting games over and over again not caring when they first aired. He also loved being outside with his chickens and crafting woodwork. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Annie Maye Straley; daughter, Jennifer Martinez; brothers, Edmond Straley, Ray Straley and Albert Harroll Straley; and sister, Wynell Creek.
    Carroll is survived by his wife, Wanda Straley of Welch; children, Albert Straley (Becky) of Welch, Tx., Debra Clay of Arlington, Tx., and Donald Straley (Lorie) of Henderson; grandchildren, Lori Miller, Rebecca Straley, Doug Straley, Tyler Straley, Emma Straley, Zack Straley, Matt Straley, Simone Scales, and Angie Straley; and four great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Borg, Sue Hehman (Harvey) and Nancy Campbell (Keith); brothers, Jackie Straley (Ann), Larry Straley, Gery Straley (Marcia) and Roy Straley.
    The family suggests memorials to a charity of your choice.
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