SAN ANGELO — Funeral services for James Walter Gober Jr., 83, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Belmore Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Johnson’s Funeral Home of San Angelo.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

James Walter “Jimmie” Gober Jr. was born Jan. 30, 1924, in San Saba County to Lois Dobbs and James Walter Gober Sr. The oldest of nine children, Jimmie attended schools in San Saba County.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 with the 11th Airborne as a paratrooper. He served in the South Pacific. He was awarded with the American Theatre Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars and Bronze Arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Victory Ribbon and three Overseas Service Bars.

On Nov. 15, 1947, he married Bonita Reid. They made their home in San Angelo. They had three sons, James Michael, Donald “Pete” Reid and Jon Alan. Jimmie worked for West Texas Utilities for seven years, followed by 20 years with John Bright and Associates. In 1969, he started his own business, G&G Mechanical Service. With the help of his family, the business was very successful and still operates today.

A charter member of Belmore Baptist Church and a life member of San Angelo Masonic Lodge Number 570, Jimmie retired in 1984 to his favorite place, the farm in San Saba County. He had a natural way with animals, raising cattle and rottweiller dogs. He was an avid hunter, taking his sons and other young men to Colorado, Canada and Alaska to hunt. Jimmie served as director on the Richland Spring Special Water District for 10 years. His sons and their friends were his favorite companions. His grandchildren were special to him. Billy Wayne was at his side for many trips in the motor home. Erica, Kriste, Keisha, Laurie and Kelli were his special girls. He taught them lots about country life. Jon Michael and Reid were his pride and joy — not living in Texas, but visiting often and enjoying learning from their granddad.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; three brothers, Kenneth, Greg and Mickey; one sister, Sally Roycroft; three sons, James Michael, Pete and Jon Alan; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, Lois and James Walter; two brothers, Charles Monroe and Andrew Clayton; two sisters, Mary King and Nellie Lou West.

Edwin Nimitz, Don Moreland and Benny Dougherty will serve as honorary pall bearers.