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James Hal Bearden – October 12, 2016

bearden-obit-picJames Hal Bearden, 48, of Adrian, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at First United Methodist Church of Matador with Chuck Harrison officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

James was born Nov. 17, 1967, in Lubbock to James and Gail Bearden.  In 1986, he graduated from high school in Adrian.  He attended Amarillo College, graduating with an Associate’s degree.

James worked for PrimeMedia in Dallas for several years.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Tuff Harwell.

Survivors include his parents, James Bearden, of Matador and Gail Harwell, of Adrian; a sister, Tina Renee Hartness and husband Gregg, of N. Richland Hills; two stepsisters, Lee Jones and husband Michael, of Boerne and Jan Reeve and husband Mitch from Hereford; a nephew, Derek Loveless; and two nieces, Holly Baddorf and Hannah Hartness; two great-nieces, Kelbey and Layla; two great-nephews, Deacon and Luke; and several step-nieces and step-nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to Adrian United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Matador or the Volunteer Fire Department in Adrian.

3 Comments

  • Missy McKee Posted October 14, 2016 7:13 am

    I am so very sorry.

  • William Buchanan Posted October 14, 2016 11:26 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I knew James from the time we worked together at Westcott Communications/Primedia in Carrollton. He was a great guy. A hard worker. He was well liked and respected by every one who ever worked with him.
    My deepest condolences to the family.
    Bill Buchanan

  • Jeff Sims Posted October 15, 2016 7:57 pm

    I was very sad to hear that James passed away. I look back more than 20 years ago, when James and I first met through a mutual friend. James had only recently moved to Amarillo at the time, and before we knew it, James, myself, and a small group of friends were inseparable. James had moved to Amarillo to “escape” the small town and spread his wings in the “big city”. Ironically, I remember meeting his parents and family on several occasions and found myself wishing that I lived in a small town where neighbors know you by your first name and time seemed to “tap the breaks” just enough to slow you down and let you enjoy living. James and I both lost people from our lives during that crazy time as young men, and I have no doubt that the Lord had James in my life at that time to help me with those struggles and challenges. James and I lost touch with each other when he moved to Dallas, then one day, for no reason, he called me. Said it was “too busy in Dallas. Too fast paced”. We started talking on a regular basis after that first call. I remember sharing my excitement with James after having found the Lord Jesus. I remember praying with James numerous times when he called late at night struggling with life “stuff”. I’m truly sorry that James is no longer with us. He seemed to always be looking for something, someone, or somewhere, that would finally fill that void. My hope today is that James has finally found the only one that could ever fill that emptiness, for James, and for all of us. I believe that James walks the streets of Heaven with the Lord, and once again, the neighbors there know him by his first name.
    For all those family and friends that grieve over the loss of James, I pray that the Lord holds you tight.

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