James Myers

Profile Updated: November 11, 2019
Residing In: Farmersville, TX USA
Occupation: Colonel, US Army Signal Corps (Retired) 37 years
Children: Abbey Jean, Patti Ann, David Franklin, Brady Del
Military Service: US Army Reserve  
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US Army Reserve, FEMA Region 6 Emergency Manager ESF-2 Communications, National Security Council National Secure Communications system, MISO US Army Europe with 36 Data Centers, OIC Data Processing Center DPI500, various command assignments all over the world.

Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, from 1980 to 2003. Director IT Support, Corporate Site, lead NICET Level II Certified Fire Systems Engineer, access control, CCTV, alarm systems designer, and Mass Notification. Director Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity and Emergency Planner.

School Story:

Working late one week night with the stage crew to set the lights for a play, I was running down a rear stairway by the Gym, when I heard the sound of a girl crying in sorrow. I slowed as I approached her, it was one of the cheer leaders sitting on the bottom step crying her heart out. I sat down next to her, not saying a word. She recognized me from English class, she sat behind me.

I gave her my clean handkerchief and just sat next to her quietly. I knew she'd speak when she was ready. After a few minutes, she asked "what are you doing?"

I answered simply, ""Helping you cry!"

She paused for a few seconds and then gave me a hug and started to explain. "I don't have a date for Friday night, and you guys treat me like I have a disease!"

I understood how she felt, she was one of the most beautiful girls in our grade! I explained the complicated and insecure thought processes of most guys, "First, most guys are intimidated by beauty, and you are the most beautiful girl in school!" Then, "Most guys are intimidated by smart girls and you are one of the most intelligent girls I know!"

She started to smile, as she listened and occasionally nodded her head in agreement as I continued.

"Most guys are intimidated by tall girls, and you are pretty tall. But, in my mind, that just means there is more of you to appreciate!" She was just an inch or two taller than me, but the only problem I saw was how to sneak in a kiss. I continued by telling her exactly how I felt about her and that I would be proud to take her to the Friday dance. I needed a date too!

She then broke out crying again and gave me a bigger hug! I gained a new friend that night, and we sat there for what seemed like forever talking about how girls and guys think and how often we make the wrong assumptions which cause hurt and pain. I drove her home in my trusty Chevy Impala with the Radioshack reverb springs that gave my FM radio,tuned to WEBN, a "SPROING" sound from the rear speaker every time I drove over railroad tracks.

We both had a blast at the dance, but I will never forget that night on the stairway, and I've told this story to my children, and my children's children many times. I hope that someday they will have the same opportunity and choose wisely to listen and learn from someone, and just make life and the world a little more bearable.

My Father once told me a very wise saying that I use frequently, "God made us each different for a reason. The challenge is to listen to, learn from and respect one another." His wisdom has served me well through out my life. So, I pass it on for all.

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So many fond memories, yet I realize that David's passing is but one more event that we all will have in common.  I susect that God actually felt David's pain and suffering, and that his passing was intended to end David's misery and not create more.  I also expect that someday, we shall all meet again, to smile, hug, and  share our continued life stories. Rest In Peace? No, not for David, God would not let David's powerful love for all go idle--too much work to be done!  

My faith tells me that God didn't waste one minute puting David to work, using David's warm smile and huge heart, to greet and calm newcomers--directing them each to Newcomer Orientation.  I will be glad to shake David's hand, welcome his expected warm calming smile with understanding--that has always been David's way!  David lived to help others, always practicing the wisdom found in Mathew 5:41 "If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles".  :-)

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Jim Myers

Colonel, US Army (Retired)

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Ken best wishes on your upcoming Birthday, and many more future Birthdays! Celebrate and enjoy those Grand Children, family makes this all worthwhile. Love has little value until shared. Also, thank you for your service to your State and our great Nation by helping others. God bless and keep on enjoying life, life really is what you make it.

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Happy Veteran's Day to all. Please remember, Freedom has NEVER been free!

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First of all, rejoice in Michael's passing on to his new life, as our faith tells us we shall all meet again.  I suspect that God has already put Michael to work just after graduation from newcomer orientation.  Michael will probably keep busy welcoming new arrivals with his smile and humor, just as he did when he walked among us. Keep the faith. :-)

 

 

 

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Mark, I hope you had a terrific Birthday celebration. God bless and hope they keep getting better and that you have lots more to celebrate. Me? I am about to become a Great Grandpa and I love it. I have been blessed many times over.

Thank you for your Webmaster work, your effort has been terrific and it shows! :-)

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