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James Urquhart

James Cameron Urquhart, 78, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease and complications from pneumonia.

Jim was born in Los Angeles Feb. 4, 1930 to Donald C. Urquhart and Lillie Margaret Dam Urquhart. He spent his childhood in Honduras and acquired a great love of the beach and ocean during that time. He graduated from Sewanee Military Academy and later from Rice University. He was a talented engineer for General Dynamics and had the privilege of working on the F-16 and B-58 aircrafts. He remained with General Dynamics until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of Saint Stephen Presbyterian Church and Colonial Country Club. Jim married Barbara ElsHoltz in 1982 at Saint Stephen Presbyterian Church. He and Barbara loved to travel and discover new things together. Every summer they traveled to their home in Detroit Lakes, where they loved to go boating, have potluck dinners with friends and enjoy a big piece of apple pie at Main Street Café. They enjoyed challenging themselves on the many golf courses in the lake area and attending Shoreham Chapel for Sunday services. Jim was never defeated by his illness and remained sharp as a whip with a kind and gentle heart until his death. He was a fine man and will be deeply missed.

Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara ElsHoltz Urquhart; sister-in-law, Georgia (Sumter) Bibb; brother-in-law, Craig (Kandi) ElsHoltz, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and two nephews.

A memorial service was Feb. 26, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Memorials can be made to the Humane Society of North Texas or the Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth, Texas.