July 23, 2017
James Melvin “Jimmy” Clem, age 84, of Texarkana, Texas, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
Mr. Clem was born December 13, 1932, in Redwater, Texas, and was a lifetime resident of Texarkana. Jimmy was a Cattle Rancher, where he owned and bred one of the most respected and revered Brahman cattle herds in the world for several decades. He was also a Movie Star, where he appeared in twelve movies, the most notable, the Town that Dreaded Sundown. He was in the oil business and was a road contractor. Mr. Clem was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served his country proudly in the Korean War. His biggest accomplishment in life was his family. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was a devoted and proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jimmy lived life to the fullest and was a connoisseur of many of life’s pleasures. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, a lifetime member of the Brahman Association and the National Cattleman’s Association. He was of the Baptist Faith and graduate of Texas Tech University.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Eric Melvin Clem and Mary Florence Clem, his two wives, Mary Catherine “Kitty” Clem and Eddie Lou Slider Clem, two sisters, Mary Dell Clem Parker and Jerry Clem.
He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law: Burt and Jan Clem of Simms, Texas; Sam and Telka Clem of Texarkana, Texas; one sister: Cean Clem Bonner of Genoa, Arkansas; two stepdaughters: Kathy Constantine of Leary, Texas; Donna Welch of Dallas, Texas; one stepson: Bo Slider of Leary, Texas; one brother-in-law; Mark Parker of the Wamba Community; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Runnin WJ Ranch, 4802 South Kings Hwy. Texarkana, Texas 75501 or to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler, Texas75503.
CLEM, Jimmy (James Melvin Clem)
Born: 12/13/1932, Redwater, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 7/22/2017, Texarkana, Texas, U.S.A.
Jimmy Clem’s westerns – actor:
Winterhawk – 1975 (Little Smith)
The Winds of Autumn – 1976 (Hog Hankins)
Grayeagle – 1977 (Abe Stroud)