Monday, September 10, 2012

James Baggett, Sr., United States Army Veteran

James Baggett was born May 6, 1949 in Temple, Texas and passed away August 5, 2012 in Houston at the age of 63.

James graduated from Dunbar High School and Temple Junior College, both in Temple.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He was a multi-skilled worker.  He worked for Santa Fe Railroad, C&H Diecast, Safety Kleen and retired as a cemetery plot salesman.

Interment with military honors was on August 13 at the Central Texas States Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who served as the Pall Bearers and formed a line of American flags along the front of the committal shelter.

During the service, the minister read from Psalm 23 and recited the rite of
committal.  He led the gathering in a final prayer.

The Army bugler played taps, and the American flag that covered the casket was folded into a tight triangle.  A Non-Commissioned Officer of the United States Army presented the flag to James' dear wife of 31 years on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for his honorable and faithful service.

James Baggett, Sr. was then laid to rest on the grassy plain of the cemetery while the American flag flew at half-staff, in his honor, at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Hattie Mae, two sons, two daughters, four sisters, 16 grandchildren and numerous other dear family and friends.

With thanks to Temple Daily Telegram for biographical information.

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