ROCKWALL — James Valentine DeFord, Jr. (Jimmie), age 91, of Rockwall passed away December 5, 2017. He was born May 3, 1926 in Sulphur Springs.

He graduated from SMU and was a Civil Engineer with the Dallas County Highway Department. He proudly served his country in World War II and was a member of the Sons of the Revolution. In his spare time, he enjoyed genealogy.

He married Jane Kieffer Falt February 14, 2010 who preceded him in death on May 31, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Margie Creed Taylor DeFord and son James Creed DeFord. He is survived by his sister, Jean DeFord Haverstock; daughter Jane DeFord; grandson William Everitt Myers; step-son Eric Falt and wife, Diane, and their son Randall Groves; step-daughter Stacey Williams and husband John; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Scoggins Funeral Home Chapel in Van Alstyne. Family received friends one hour prior to the service. Burial followed in Van Alstyne Cemetery.

Services were under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory. The online register book may be signed at