Funeral services for James Larry Poston, 75, of Terrell, TX, are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Wills Point. Services are under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home. Burial will follow at College Mound Cemetery.
James passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, November 22, 2021, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.
James Larry Poston was born August 20, 1946 in Dallas to Bobbie and Virgil Poston, and lived a full life that celebrated family, service, and loving Jesus. He met his Lord and Savior in the early hours of Wednesday, November 17 during a restful sleep. He was helping an ill neighbor after working on his farm and delivering hay.
James grew up in Dallas the oldest son in a family of six, spending time with family, friends and neighbors going on fishing and hunting trips. Starting in the 6th grade at Bushman Elementary he gained a love of football playing linebacker for an undefeated team under Coach Hitt and making lifelong friends with his teammates. James graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1964 and continued on to Navarro Junior College on a football scholarship. In 1966 he married his high school sweetheart Vicki. He finished his degree at North Texas State University in Banking and Finance. James quickly decided that wearing a tie to work every day was not for him. That led him to start a 28-year career managing a fertilizer plant in Terrell for Monsanto and El Dorado Chemical Company. He then opened Poston Seed and Farm Supply in Poetry with longtime friend John Porter and continued to serve the agricultural community for another 12 years. After retirement, James’ goals were mission trips, hunting trips and attending his grandson’s activities - football, basketball, tennis, ice hockey, theater...
Over the years James and Vicki raised two wonderful children, Angie and Wesley on their Hiram Community farm. He also raised cattle, horses, hay, hay and more hay while constantly surrounded by hunting dogs, mostly Irish and English Setters.
James was saved at nine years old at Fernwood Baptist Church, Dallas where he continued to serve on mission trips. As a young married couple, he and Vicki moved to their Hiram farm and joined Locust Grove Baptist Church where James led the music and taught Sunday School. In the early 1980s the Poston family joined First Baptist Church, Wills Point where James served as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, a mission worker and a servant to anyone in need. Some of his favorite mission trips were to Brazil, Mexico and Beaumont, Texas. In later years he joined the Texas Baptist Men Chainsaw Disaster Relief and served in Louisiana and in Texas. Recently he served with Meals on Wheels with Vicki and with the Food Pantry. James’ legacy of serving others for the Lord lives on in his children and in so many who have served alongside him and who have come through his Sunday School classes.
James was preceded in death by his parents Virgil Poston and Bobbie Morrision Poston, his stepmother Louise Chandler Poston, his sister Cindy Hust/Holcomb, his brother Rusty Poston, his nephew Virgil Webb Hust, and his brothers-in-law Kenny Hust, Don Holcomb and Bill Rigdon. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Vicki Cook Poston, his sister Marla Poston, his sister-in-law Carolyn Rigdon, his daughter Angie Maddox and his son-in-law Michael Maddox, his son Wesley Poston and his daughter-in-law Shari Poston, and his four grandsons Carson Maddox, Tanner Maddox, Andrew Poston, and Joshua Poston, in addition to a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and extended family. He also is survived by innumerable friends from his past, church, loyal customers, and extended family who enjoyed his time, advice, friendship, sense of humor, and his love of Jesus.
In lieu of flowers, donations in James’ memory can be sent to First Baptist Church, Wills Point or Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief:
First Baptist Church, Wills Point
125 East James St.
Wills Point, TX 75169
Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief
5351 Catron Dr.
Dallas, TX 75227