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James T Bursey
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Birth: May 17, 1961
Death: Mar. 15, 2010


James Bursey, 48, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2010 in Bryan, TX. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Brown, Rose Hill Church of Christ, Lawton, OK, officiating. Graveside Services will follow at the Crestview Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home.
James was born in Johnson City, TN on May 17, 1961 to Thomas and Margaret (Donaldson) Bursey. He graduated from Hirshi High School in 1979 and was an avid sports fan. He entered the United States Air Force on May 5, 1980 and remained until February of 1992. His employment included Bryan 800 Communications as a Customer Service Representative, a communications dispatcher for Texas Department of Public Safety and was presently employed with Texas A&M University as a Systems Technician and radio operator.
James leaves to mourn his mother, Margaret and father, Thomas Bursey; his two sisters, Nadajalah and her husband, Charlie Dean; Phlecia and husband, Victor Geary; his nieces and nephew, Treceon and Gabriella Geary and Megan Dean; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
James, his father and his sister, Phlecia have a combine total of 55 years of Air Force service.


Friday, March 29, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew James at Loring AFB. I was one of his supervisors. Once he lost a gold ring with about 12 diamonds in it. I found it, and when he described it to me, I gave it back to him and told him I'd found it in the sink area after he'd washed his hands and left. He tried to give me money for returning it to him, saying it was a treasured gift from his father. I told him I'd settle for a cheeseburger, which he did get that night. I have been looking for James for a long time, as we have a website dedicated to the 42 SPS at Loring AFB, and there are pictures of him there. We have been able to find over 700 former SPS who were at Loring. I am saddened that I've found him too late. God bless. ~ John Hammett, Bangor, Maine

Thursday, July 05, 2012
I just heard that James passed. I was stationed with Bam Bam in Berlin and was honored to know him as a friend. What a tragic loss of such a great person. He was one of the most positive and outgoing people I have ever met. We all not only respected him professionally, but treasured his company socially. I am so sorry for your loss.
~ Rob Taylor, Denton, Texas

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Bursey, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. James was my first supervisor when I arrived at Tempelhof Central Airport in Berlin, Germany. He was more than just a boss, he was OUR friend. I spent the rest of my career in the Air Force just trying to emulate him. He was the one we counted on most whenever a problem arose. He had a way of making things better no matter the situation. Heaven got better upon his arrival. Speaking for the rest of "C" Flight, "Bam-Bam" Rest In Peace!! You will be truly missed.
~ Randolph "Spanky" Spann, Longmont, Colorado

Friday, July 01, 2011
Bam were a great friend! I've thought of you often over the years. You always have been and always will be a great friend! I love ya brother.
~ Rick Brown, Springfield, Virginia

Friday, July 01, 2011
Knew James at Templehof AB on Berlin, GE in 1993-1996 - Such a loss! He was always a good friend, and so sorry to hear he's passed. Loving soul! Our thoughts and prayers to the family..... Tex Ritter, Cheyenne, WY 6912th SPS all the way!!!!!!!...... ~ Tex Ritter, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Thursday, January 20, 2011
James was a great guy and I am very saddened to hear of his passing. I worked with him when I was at Graybar and he always made the trip to College Station worthwhile. He was a pleasure to work with and I am stunned to just find out that he is no longer with us. My deepest condolences.
~ Michelle Loret, Houston, Texas

Sunday, April 18, 2010
Phlecia and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. ~ Lisa Thompson, Hyde Park, New York

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Bursey and Family, it was my great pleasure to meet with James for the first and only time about a year ago while visiting the A&M campus on business. James was very friendly to me, and immediately struck me as a kind, smart, professional man with a wonderful outlook on life. I only regret not having had more chances to work with him and get to know him better, and I am thankful to him for his service to our country. Please accept my sympathies for your loss, and my prayers are with you all. May God bring you comfort and understanding during this time of great loss to your family. ~ Brian Echtenkamp, Arvada, Colorado

Friday, April 09, 2010
From the Caldwell family we would like to extend our thoughts and prayers for the Bursey family. My brother Doug graduated with James and I graduated with Nadjalah, was in band with Phlecia. James always had the most engaging smile and such an uplifiting spirit. He is truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. God bless.
~ Kathy Caldwell, Wichita Falls, Texas

Monday, April 05, 2010
Mr & Ms Bursey, Phlecia & Nan,
I was sorry to hear about James. I've only be in James presence a few times, but I know Phlecia and the family bond you have and that tells me he was a joy too. I will keep the family in my prayers.
Love Ya, ~ Daphine Jackson, Woodbridge, Virginia

Saturday, April 03, 2010
Ma & Pa Bursey, Phle & Nan,
In your time of sorrow...find peace, strength, courage, and comfort in your heart through prayer, Family, Friends, and that Treasure Chest of Memories.
Love Always & Forever...
Keshia (Smith) Allen, Hampton, Georgia
Grambling State University-(Phlecia's College Roommate)

Thursday, April 01, 2010
Mr and Mrs Bursey, Nan and Phlecia, I know that I lost track of you all years ago, as James and I played ball together at Hirschi as well as we lived across the street from you at Sheppard. He will be missed as many have stated his smile would light up a room, I loved the goofy times James and I had in school. I just wish I had been a better friend to him and you all......... Thank you and God Bless Greg and Edie Biggs ~ Greg Biggs, Arlington, Texas

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Dear Bursey Family,
Please know that I will continue to keep the entire family in our prayers. I wish you peace and blessings.
~ Cherron Galluzzo, Fairfield, California

Monday, March 29, 2010
For years, I used to sit behind James and his friends every Sunday at the Fox & Hound and root against his Dallas Cowboys ... we both enjoyed teasing each other about our favorite teams, and I was honored to eventually count him as a friend. I didn't know him well, but even when I saw him at work here on campus, he always had a smile on his face, and I was tremendously fond of him. I was stunned and saddened to hear of his passing... I'll miss him so much. Godspeed, James, and How Bout Them Cowboys!?
~ Michael Petersen, College Station, Texas

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
James will be truly missed at Texas A&M. His smile and enthusiasm always brightened our day. God Bless.
~ Koby Weatherford, Bryan, Texas

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
"My thoughts are with you and your family.
You have my heartfelt condolences." ~ Ken Shaw, Austin, Texas

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
James was more than a co-worker, he was truly a great friend. Even after having moved on from my job at Telecommunications, James and I kept in touch often. I always looked forward to his smile and fun loving attitude. I use to tell him I wished I could carry him around in my pocket, and bring him out when I was having a bad day, because he always knew what to say to brighten my day up. I was lucky enough to be able to have James as a part of my wedding party, and I am so thankful I have that lasting memory of him. I have many pictures of James from that special day, and if any family members or friends would like for me to send them to you, please email me at: I also have various other photos of the many memories he helped create. He was a great person, and a dear friend, and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
~ Nicki Moore, Bryan, Texas

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
James and his partner, Cardell, would come to my office often and play practical jokes on me. James loved picking out candy from my candy jar on my desk. He was always smiling and I just adored him! He died too soon, but I know he lived a very happy and full life and you all must have been very, very proud of him. May God keep you strong with wonderful memories of him.
~ Sharon Lee, College Station, Texas

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
~ Sheila Dotson, College Station, Texas

Monday, March 22, 2010
To all the family memeber of James, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. It was an honor to have James as a friend for so many years. He always came in my office with a smile on his face. I always enjoyed seeing him and Cardell walking down the hall to come say hi to us when he was in the area. I can go on all day what a wonderful person and friend James was, but you already know that. He will be missed very much. God Bless your family. God really does have a true angel now.
~ Courtnie Nichols, Bryan, Texas

Monday, March 22, 2010
My husband and I send our deepest condolences to the Bursey family. We knew James through Fantasy Football and mutual friends. He was always so much fun to be around and always had something witty to say. He is truely missed.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers - Tyler and Jamie Rankin ~ Brenham, Texas

Monday, March 22, 2010
Mr & Mrs Bursey. I had the pleasure of knowing James for over 9 yrs. He was a customer and friend of mine. Always with a smile on his face and laughter in his voice I will truely miss him.My thoughts and prayers are with you. Heaven has gained another Angel.
Connie/Cathy/Rosa/Jenny/Ish Bryan,Tx ~ Bryan, Texas

Monday, March 22, 2010
To the entire Bursey family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sylvia Rose,Eveylyn Rose-Williams
~ Dallas, Texas

Saturday, March 20, 2010
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Bursey family on the loss of James. We believe that he rests in the arms of Jesus and that someday we all will see him again. We continue to pray your strength in the Lord!
~ Pearl, Josh, Marcella Adams & Carisa Kribbs Thompson Family, Wichita Falls, Texas

Saturday, March 20, 2010
To Thomas and Margaret Bursey:
We express our deepest concern to all of you, may God grant you Peace during this time. We keep you in our Prayers.
Bro. Gooden and Wife Marilyn Simmons Gooden(Class of 1960)
~ Alton & Marilyn Gooden, Electra, Texas

Saturday, March 20, 2010
To the Bursey family, I pray that God will comfort you as you go through this difficult time.
~ Sherry (Phillips) Fountain, Texarkana, Texas

Saturday, March 20, 2010
I am Phlecia's classmate. My prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. May God bless you and your family. ~ Knyetta Bynum, Columbus, Georgia

Saturday, March 20, 2010
I remember James from high school. He was such a great friend that always made me laugh. My fondest memory was his smile. He had a smile that would light up the room. My prayers are with the Bursey family in this time of sorrow. God Bless ~ Pam (Smith) Hall, Dallas, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010
To the Bursey family--my thoughts and prayers are with at this sad time. As you all know James was a special person with that quick wit and amazing smile. He truly treasured each of you and was so very proud to have you as family. We will miss our classmate.
~ Cynthia Harmon Bryson, Yokota AB Japan

Friday, March 19, 2010
Tom and Margaret, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May our Lord's precious Holy Spirit give you strength every hour in the days ahead. You are both very special to me. I am so blessed to have worked with both of you for so many wonderful years.
Jeana Burkett, Wichita Falls, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010
My prayers go out to James family during this very difficult time. May God, embrace you and comfort you as he will continue to keep you near. May you continue to cherish and hold onto all of his memories.
~ Gigi Gould, Warner Robins, Georgia

Friday, March 19, 2010
To the Family of James Bursey aka "friend". My name is Amanda Yates and I work for State Farm and had the pleasure of doing James' insurance for the last several years. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing and I wanted to share some memories with you all and to let you know that you all will be in my prayers. James always talked about his sisters and how they were "something else". He always said that with a hearty laugh and a smile on his face. He loved you ladies very much. Mr. Bursey and Mrs. Bursey he always talked about the "good upbringing" you guys gave him and the look upon his face when he talked about you let you know how much he admired and respected you. There was never a time that he didnt have a smile on his face and a kind word to say. James was a good man and I am going to miss our monthly meetings. I always looked forward to him coming in to make his payments because I knew I was gonna get a good laugh or two. He always made it a point to check on me to make sure I was doing ok. I told him he could pay his bill over the phone but he always said he liked coming in so he could see us face to face and harass us. My nickname for him is friend, cause that is who he was to his heart and soul, a true friend. I pray that God will give you all comfort and peace in the days to come. Your son and brother was an awesome man and will be truly missed by many. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you all. My e-mail is In the Love of Christ.
~ Amanda Yates, Bryan, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010
I worked with James at Telecommunications (Texas A&M). He was a dear friend and brought smiles to many faces on a daily basis. He is MISSED!
~ Melanie Leggett, Austin, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010
I am not sure if you remember me or not but my name is Roy Toney. I was a good friend of James's starting around 1980 I believe. I lost toucht with James along time ago and I was just wondering last week about what he has been up to. I am so sorry for your loss and I will always remember James as a fun loving and funny guy. I remember how he use to brag about his running back days for the Huskies. He use to drive me nuts because I went to Burkburnett. Again, I am sorry to hear that James is gone.
~ Roy Toney, Flower Mound, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010
Mr and Mrs. Bursey, My prayers and thoughts are with you. I will never forget the fun times spent with James from the first time I met him in Colorado to the Disney vacation to celebrating in DC. He will truly be missed but not forgotten. May God continue to bless you and your family. Love you much
~ Janice R. Johnson, Marietta, Georgia

Friday, March 19, 2010
Mr. & Mrs. Bursey, I am so sorry for your loss. I have worked with James for the last few years. James was a great man and will truly be missed. My prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all.
~ Nancy Serna, College Station, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010
Thomas & Margaret, I am so saddened by your loss. May God give you strength and understanding to ease the incredible pain you must be experiencing at this time. Know that my prayers are with you and your family. In Sympathy,
~ Cathy Carroll, Little Elm, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010
I went to school with Phlecia and I remember James, he was always smiling and happy. He will be missed.
~ Christina Smolko - Singleton, Round Rock, Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010
May God Bless your family in this time of sorrow. My prayers are with all of you. He will truly be missed, but memory will be there forever. God Bless all of you
~ Bernadette Smolko, Iraq 
James T Bursey
May 1961 - March 2010
You Filled Our Hearts With Love
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Crestview Memorial Park
Wichita Falls
Wichita County
Texas, USA
Created by: Sharon Lavash Hawkins
Record added: May 21, 2013
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You were the best 'first supervisor' I could have hoped for. Looking for you and finding your obituary was a tough day. I wished I would have another moment to talk with you, but I take comfort in knowing that we'll meet again.
- Bill Harrison
 Added: Jul. 4, 2015

- Sharon Lavash Hawkins
 Added: May. 21, 2013

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