James Robert Dennis Jr.
December 30, 1923 - January 15, 2017
James Robert Dennis Jr., 93, of Fort Worth, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Memorial service: 2:00 p.m., Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 800 W. 5th St., Fort Worth.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www/stjude.org/donate or Justice Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.
James was born Dec. 30, 1923 in Jacksboro to James and Seletta Dennis. He attended school in Jacksboro and graduated the class of 1944 from Texas A & M with a degree in agriculture. James served in the Army's 90th Division during WWII in Europe as a 2nd Lieutenant
and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He later served in the Texas National Guard from 1947 and retired as Major in June 1967.
James returned home to work for his mother at the Jacksboro Gazette-News, becoming owner-publisher in 1950 before selling in 1970. From 1970-1977 James sold insurance mutual funds and operated a Hallmark store. From 1976-1996 he worked as a substitute teacher
for the Fort Worth ISD. James was married to Mary Lou Moore in June 1950, having four children together before her passing. In 1974 James married Carlene Malmstrom, who was a teacher and later principal at Fort Worth ISD and mother of four. They were blessed
with 42 years together in Fort Worth.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou, sons, Bob and Bill Dennis, stepson, Don Malmstrom; and brother, William Dennis.
James is survived by his wife, Carlene; children, Joanna Dennis Duran, Roy Dennis, Cary and Cindy Malmstrom, and Christi Tyrrell; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Rodgers Dennis of Abilene; and sister, Elizabeth Ledbetter of Rockport.