James "Oscar" Stembridge, 80, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, in Mesquite, Texas. Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Wiley Funeral Home. Interment: Granbury Cemetery, Granbury, Texas. Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Stembridge was born Aug. 20, 1932, in Bluff Dale to Lonnie E. and Ethel Morris Stembridge. He married Edna Hopper on Sept. 27, 1955, in Fort Worth. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He also served in the First Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company patrolling the Korean Demilitarized Zone in 1953. Oscar worked for Brown & Root Construction at the Comanche Peak nuclear plant as a welding inspector. He retired as a maintenance man for a company in Fort Worth. He had lived in Granbury since 1972 and was a member of First Assembly of God Church. Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Eldon and Floyd; two brothers, Edwin and Wayland; and a sister, Patsy. Survivors: Wife, Edna Stembridge; sons, Larry M. Stembridge and wife, Mary Alice, of Sunnyvale and Mike Stembridge and wife, Kathy, of Fort Worth; daughter, Sue Bearden of Garland; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Stembridge; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother, Eldon "Gus" Stembridge and wife, Virginia, of Granbury.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Marines of our county went to battle, but we know,
It was not just the politicians,
With their compromise and legislation,
Who won for us the freedom,
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Marine,
Who has sworn to defend,
His home, his kin, and country,
And would fight until the end?