James Edward Flori, 79, of Timpson, Texas passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019

James Edward Flori, 79, of Timpson, Texas passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  Born November 28, 1939, in Colorado to the late George Flori and Dorothy (Bartels) Flori.

Funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Monday, April 15, 2019 beginning at 12 PM, at Taylor Funeral Home.

 

James was born and raised in Colorado.  He joined the United States Navy in 1955, and proudly served his country for over 23 years before retiring.  James was a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the Navy.  He was commended with many medals during his service.  After retiring from the Navy, James opened and operated A1 Air Conditioning Services in Marshall, Texas for many years.

 

James was an avid race car driver and loved any and everything about race cars.  He also enjoyed traveling.  James was a concealed handgun instructor teaching many about protection.  He was a collector of swords of many styles and mini race cars.  James had a love for music. He showed this love by sponsoring a band at the Hayride in Carthage, and he was a proud supporter of the Tex Ritter Hall of Fame.  James found great joy spending time with his pal “Lexie”, family and friends.

 

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ritter Flori; children, Thomas (Tommy) Flori and wife Colleen, Tammy Beck and husband Tim, Eddie Gibbs and wife Vicki, Earl Gibbs and wife Paulette; Patricia Nicholson and husband Larry, Betty Looney and partner Carla, Sharon Hall and husband Jimmy; sister, Georgie Boyce; his pal “Lexie”; 22 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren.

 

James is preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy (Bartels) Flori; brother, Ervin Flori.

 

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.

 

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.