The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

December 1, 2012

Octogenarian realizing his life-long dream to pilot a plane

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PALESTINE — Interesting Collection

Flying is just one of James’s many interests.

Another one of his passions is collecting and reading Bibles. To date, he owns 58 different translations of the whole Bible, 10 Old Testament and 76 New Testament -- all of which he’s read at least once, cover to cover.

“This is my treasure,” James said, holding a used, leather-bound  1841 English Hexapla, which contains six translations of the New Testament Scriptures.  

The former Eagle Scout and den chief proudly shows off his collection of Bibles that fill two large book shelves in his home.

Music is another one of James’ passions. He still plays the piano at his church every Sunday morning and night and then again on Wednesday night. Once a month, he plays the piano for the residents at Trucare Living Center in Palestine.

Years ago, he also enjoyed photography as evidenced by the many photos that hang in his home.

When simply relaxing, James likes to work the crossword puzzles in the local newspaper and in the Dallas Morning News.

Before long, James will be soaring over Palestine on his first solo flight earning his well deserved shirt tail.

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