|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1922|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 2007|
James O. (Jimmy) Duddlesten, 85, died Thursday, September 27, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada after a lengthy illness. Born in Sebastian, he grew up and graduated from high school in Raymondville. He continued his education at Durham Business College and Landing College of Mortuary Science, where he earned his degree before becoming a funeral director.
During WWII, he enlisted in the Navy, and while serving he married Junita (Polly) Duddlesten, his wife of 64 years. After completing his tour of service he returned to Raymondville and with his older brother, Roy, owned and operated Duddlesten Funeral Home until his retirement.
He served in the Raymondville Volunteer Fire Dept. for 33 years and was a former fire chief. He also was a member of the Lions Clubs, The Masonic Lodge and American Legion. He held positions with the State Board of Funeral Directors and as a board member of the Willacy County Hospital District. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Raymondville.
He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Mary Katherine Duddlesten, Jimmy was the last of the surviving siblings including Roy Duddlesten, Karl Duddlesten, Jr., Judy Payne and Joann Sharp.
He is survived by his wife, Polly; daughters, Karla, with her children - Kevin Johnson of Harlingen and Erin and Kasey Roberson of Dallas; and his son, James Allen, with his children - Jeremy Duddlesten of Carrollton and Andrew and Kallyse Duddlesten of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Services will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Raymondville with Pastor Janna Hawes officiating. Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery. Duddlesten Funeral Home will direct the memorial services. Those wishing to send memorials may send them to the First United Methodist Church or to a charity of choice.
Mary Katherine Duddlesten (1947 - 1961)*
Raymondville Memorial Cemetery
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