J. M. (Jim) Gage

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J. M. (Jim) Gage, 94, of San Saba, TX, went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, January, 11, 2014, in Corsicana, TX. Funeral services were held at the Blaylock Funeral Chapel in San Saba on January 14, 2014, with Rev. Chris Osborne, Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church of College Station, Texas, officiating. Interment followed in the San Saba City Cemetery. He was born in San Saba on February 22, 1919, to Jonas M. and Bertha Gage and was a lifelong resident of San Saba. In 1937, he graduated from San Saba High School in three years and was a self educated man in many disciplines. He served in the Armored Division in the U.S. Army Tank Corps during World War II, stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. He was scheduled for overseas duty when a tank accident in 1945 resulted in a broken back and rehabilitation. After recovery, he was assigned
to the Army Canine Training Division prior to his discharge in April of 1946. He returned to San Saba where he was a successful farmer, rancher, and star route mail carrier. In addition, he worked as a carpenter, welder, sand & soil contractor, custom hay baler, pecan harvester, photographer and several other vocations. On October 1, 1940, he married Mary Kathryn Golden and they enjoyed married life for 68 years until her death in February of 2009. They were both active members of the San Saba First Baptist Church for many years where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher of the Couples, Men’s and Youth classes . In addition he taught the Men’s Downtown Bible Class on KBAL radio and the Eventide Nursing Home class. For more than 30 years he prepared and wrote a weekly article, “Biblical Gem,” for the San Saba News and Star until his health decline in early 2013. He was preceded in death by his loving and unselfish wife, Kathryn Golden Gage, his parents, three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Dean and Kathy Gage of College Station and Mike and Deadra Gage of Corsicana; five grandchildren, Michelle Gage Wilding and husband, David of Rockwall, Nicole Gage Wells and husband, David of Burleson, Julie Gage Williams and husband, Cliff of Willis, Debbie Gage Sanches and husband, Heath of Corsicana and John Gage of Corsicana; and seven great grandchildren. Pallbearers included John Gage, David Wilding, David Wells, Cliff Williams, Heath Sanches and John Wells  
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