HOWE — Robert Dallas James, age 85, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Beacon Hill Nursing Home in Denison.

He joins his wife, Ann, and is survived by his sons, their wives and partner, and granddaughters.

Robert served on the USS New Jersey during the Korean War and shared his world adventures with his sons over the years.

Fast cars were a life-long passion for him, and many of his fondest memories revolved around the thrill of acceleration and a strong discipline of self-reliance, regiment and ingenuity.

He loved telling stories of driving Jerry Lewis’s Jaguar around Hollywood, and Doc Edinger’s 1965 AC Cobra down the Vegas strip with Champagne at the ready.

He and his wife, Ann, had the rare experience of rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood crowd in the 1960’s. They shared many of those experiences, frequently with tremendous grins that made you certain that there was even more to the story.

From a son to a brother, sailor, husband, father and grandfather, thank you for the many life lessons.

We love you.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, at the Scoggins Funeral Home Chapel in Van Alstyne. Burial with military honors followed at the Holloway Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory of Van Alstyne. You may sign the online register book at