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James Robertson 1936-2022

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James Robertson of Garland passed away Sept. 2, 2022.

He was raised in Canton and attended and graduated from Canton High School. He always had an interest in music of all kinds and, in fact, had been an original member of the first Canton school band that was organized in 1950.

He attended Tyler Junior College and was a member of the Tyler Junior College Apache Band that performed with the well-known Apache Bells drill team. He attended North Texas State University and East Texas State University (now known as Texas A&M University at Commerce) where he graduated with a BBA degree in 1960. After graduation, he joined the Company C, 3rd ARB, 144th Infantry, 49th Armoured Division. He served for six years with this division having been recalled for active duty during the Berlin crisis in October 1961. He was discharged from military service in 1966, having achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He attended the National Guard reunions of Company C for several years.

James lived in Garland and Dallas County since 1962, having been associated with several insurance companies as a life and health underwriter. He began his insurance career with Republic National Life as a reinsurance underwriter. He then accepted an underwriter position with Reserve Life Insurance Company where he was employed for 11 years. He left them as their Underwriting Manager and accepted a position with Union Bankers Ins. Co. Union Bankers hired him in 1974 to help build the Life Insurance business. He retired from Union Bankers as a Divisional Vice President of Underwriting, New Business, and Policy Issue in February 1993.

After retirement, he became self-employed as a contract Underwriter and Consultant for insurance companies in the Dallas metroplex area with long service arrangements with companies such as Harris Methodist Health Plan (now PacifiCare) and Southwestern Underwriters Agency, Inc. Besides his love for music, he also had a fondness for antiques and loved to attend car shows.

He loved being a family man who loved to have family get-togethers and cook. He was of Christian faith, having been baptized at Shiloh Terrece Baptist Church. He married Donna Marie Farley of Dallas in March of 1970. They had 2 children—Monte and Jamie. Later, they welcomed a granddaughter, Tiffany. They lived in Garland from 1979 until his passing.