We are sad to report that Jim Temple, the originator and webmaster of the NLAS website, passed away recently following an
illness. If you attended a National Lum and Abner Society Convention from 1990 to 2005, chances are you met Jim, a pleasant
gentleman who always had a ready smile and laugh. Perhaps you met his wife Suzette or their children or granddaughter. Jim
was one of our most enthusiastic members, and always pitched in to help in the hectic set-up process at the meeting room in
Mena, Arkansas, and never failed to be there when it was time to take everything down. He even volunteered to store various
large items for us at his home, dutifully loading it up and transporting whatever it was back to Mena year after year. Below is the
official obituary for Jim. Please keep his family in your prayers and thoughts as they deal with this loss.
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Below is the obituary information published in February:
Funeral services for Jim L. Temple, 60, of Redland, will be held Sunday, February 14, 2010, at 2 p.m.in the Redtown Missionary
Baptist Church in Pollok with Brother Ross Black and Donald Tullos officiating. Interment will follow at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Ace
Community Cemetery in southern Polk County. Mr. Temple was born May 28, 1949, in Lufkin, Texas, and he died Friday, February
12, 2010 in a Lufkin hospital under the care of Hospice in the Pines. Mr. Temple was employed as a computer technician for
Internet Unlimited, and had lived in Redland all his life. He was an avid University of Texas fan. He was a member of National Lum
and Abner Society. Mr. Temple was a member of the Milam Masonic Lodge #2, A.F. & A.M., and a member of the Redtown
Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Donna Suzette Temple of Redland; father and mother, John L. and Helen
Temple of Redland; children and their spouses, Elaine Williams and Jason Sowell of Galveston, Lewis and Chrissy Temple of
Redland, Lindsay and Peter Burks of Corrigan, and Kenna Johnson of Redland; grandchildren, Kathryn Williams of Galveston,
Katlan Sowell of Center, Ember Burks of Corrigan, Daniel Johnson of Redland, AvaLynne Burks of Corrigan, and Peter K. Burks of
Corrigan; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Daniel Grdinich of Conroe; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and
extended family. Mr. Temple was preceded in death by one sister. Pallbearers will be Donald Tullos, Dennis Sutton, Peter Burks,
Jason Sowell, Michael Lester and Terry Thornhill, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jim Temple Memorial Fund
in care of Huntington State Bank. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral
home. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
|The National Lum and Abner Society logo was designed by Bobb Lynes.
"Lum and Abner" is a registered trademark of Lum and Abner Associates and is used by permission.
|Tim Hollis, Sam Brown, Kay Linaker (Kate Phillips), Jim
Temple and Donnie Pitchford during the 2005 NLAS
Convention. Jim was presented a plaque commemorating
his 15 years of attendance as well as his decade as the
|In this 2005 photo, Jim is removing
part of a huge Lum and Abner movie
poster from the meeting room wall.