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JAMES WELDON CREEL

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1944 – 2020

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James Weldon Creel, of Navasota, Texas passed away August 18, 2020. James was born in Sweeny, Texas on April 13, 1944 to Opal (Dodson) and George Creel. He was the youngest of three sons.

After being a multisport athlete at Sweeny High School, James served in the US Navy from January 1961-March 1965. Upon his return, he began working as a welder and then went into construction. James spent the majority of his life working as a construction superintendent for Sentry Construction, his own company JWC Consultants, Williams Development, and finally J.E. Kingham Construction. He supervised the construction of countless grocery stores and shopping centers across the state but loved to build schools the most. His last project before retirement was the completion of the H.G Temple Elementary/Intermediate Campus in Diboll, Texas.

James married Bulah (Stanaland) on August 28, 1970 at Pine Valley Congregational Methodist Church. James always joked that Bulah was his favorite person to irritate, and in true fashion they were married 49 years and 355 days – just 10 days shy of their 50th anniversary. Together they had two daughters and a son. James loved fishing, especially at Matagorda Bay.

James was preceded in death by his parents and both brothers, Colonel Joel D. Creel and Lyndon R. Creel, as well as his in-laws Ruell and Jossie Stanaland.

James is survived by Bulah, his wife of almost 50 years, as well as his son and his three daughters, Dr. James Ruell Creel of Antwerp, Belgium, Dr. Debra Creel of The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Dawn (Tony) Short of Wichita, Kansas, and Karen (Rick) Van Wilgen of Gilbert, Arizona; five granddaughters, Sarah (Steven) McCaslin, Hana Short, Hailey Short, Caitlyn Van Wilgen, and Kylie Van Wilgen; two great-grandsons, Bentley and Cannon Derby; sisters-in-law, Rudy and Gloria Creel; niece Shannon Canton; nephews George and Douglas Creel; cousins Richard and Rodney Weems, and their respective families.

Family services were held Saturday, August 22, at Ryan’s Chapel Cemetery in Diboll, Texas. Pallbearers were James Ruell Creel, Tony Short, Rick Van Wilgen, and Steven McCaslin.