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Jim F. Bewley

Jan 15 1918 - Sep 16 2007

Jim Bewley, formerly of McKinney, died at home in Melissa, Texas at the age of 89 on Sunday evening, September 16th 2007. He was born January 15, 1918, on the family farm in Collin County near Frisco, to Silas C. and Nettie Jane (Chandler) Bewley. Jim learned farming as a child and worked as a farmer most of his life. He attended Frisco High School where he played football. In 1938 he married Mary Helen Miller of Melissa who survives him; Jim and Mary Helen raised two daughters, Jean and Margaret. Although a farmer all his life, Jim was also a welder and worked for Sinclair Oil as a pipeline welder for several years before opening his own business, Bewley Welding in Arlington, Texas in 1955. He later relocated his business to McKinney where Jim Bewley’s Welding Shop remained a fixture on Smith Street for many years until he retired from welding to devote more time to farming. He was also a quarter horse breeder and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his parents-in-law Lawrence and Lillie (Dixon) Miller to whom he was very close. He was also preceded in death by an infant grandson as well as his granddaughter, Sarah Marihelen Staples; sisters, Fay Bewley, Jessie Bewley, and Ruth Copeland; brothers- and sisters-in-law Hoyt Copeland, L.G. Smith, Carl Wilhelm, Oleta Miller Airhart, Glen Miller, Bob Miller, Don Craft, and Wallis Airhart. In addition to his wife Mary Helen, Jim is survived by: daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Sam Boyd of Melissa and Margaret Bewley and Charles Staples of Dallas; grandson, Marcus Boyd and fiancé Atorina Gevergiz of San Jose, CA; sisters Bessie Wilhelm of Denton and Catherine Smith of Lewisville; brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Dick) and Bud Bewley of Deer Park, Texas; sisters-in-law Mattie Lee Craft, Louise Miller, and Diane Miller, all of Melissa; as well as a large extended family which includes many nieces and nephews. Family, friends, former customers, and business associates are invited to the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen at their convenience to pay respects and sign the register; the family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 19th, beginning at 6:30pm. A graveside memorial will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, September 20th, at Melissa Cemetery in Melissa, Texas. During the memorial service, attendees who wish to do so will be asked to share a favorite “Jim Bewley story”. In keeping with a long tradition at Bewley Welding, Red Man and Double Bubble will be available for those who would like to have a last ‘chaw’ on Jim.
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