James Torres

James Joseph Torres

May 23, 1926 - February 8, 2021
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James Joseph Torres, 94, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 8, 2021.
He was born May 23, 1926, in Pine Bluff, to Trinadad and Theresa Rangal Torres.
He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church Annunciation Academy as a young child and transferred to the Pine Bluff High School, where he played on the Zebra football team when they were runner-up for State Champs. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1944.
He was drafted into the United States Navy during World War II and served on the USS Massachusetts in the South Pacific. They escorted the USS Missouri with the President into the Port of Japan for the signing of the Peace Treaty with Japan.
He transferred to the United Sates Army Air Corp where he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston and served some in Brook General Hospital and his unit helped erect a MASH Unit to train nurses.
After his tour he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Colorado where he had the chance to serve in Tule Air Force Base in Greenland. Afterwards he was stationed in Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He attended training school for B52 mechanics where he scored the highest out of 500. He continued his service at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. He was Flight Chief for six B52’s.
He retired as Master Sergeant in 1966 after 20 years of service.
Upon returning to Pine Bluff, he worked 13 years for Union Pacific Railroad retiring as a clerk.
He studied music and played the guitar for various musical groups, including his own band and volunteered in RSVP for twenty-five years. He was President of the White Hall Jamboree until it dissolved.
Mr. Torres attended Hardin Baptist Church for more than 10 years and was a member of the Co-Ed II Class and enjoyed studying the Bible.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Thomasita Cortez, Lola Gray; brothers, Raymond Torres, William Torres, and Joseph Torres.
Survivors include his wife, Reba Hughes Torres, whom he married on June 14, 1959, in Pine bluff; a daughter, Drucilla (Michael) Wuerth of Omaha, Nebraska; a son, James Elton (Darlene) Torres of Clinton, Louisiana and a brother, Father Robert Torres of Little Rock.
The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers, CNA’s, Flossie, Terry, JoAnn and his RN, Melinda.
Funeral services will be Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 3:00 P.M., at Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Johnny Taylor officiating.
Burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to Hardin Baptist Church, 300 Todd Lynn Drive, White Hall, Arkansas 71602 or Hardin Cemetery, 10000 HWY 270, White Hall, Arkansas 71602.

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    Saturday, February 13, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 13, 2021 3:00pm
    Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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Michael Wuerth

Posted at 04:36am

Carlton Thompson

Posted at 04:59pm
Reba this was a beautiful service. I was able to watch it live online. I sure will miss my ole friend. We had some many good times together. Good memories.

Nancy Bucknell

Posted at 12:11pm
Dru, your Daddy was such a warm loving soul, and made amazing tamales! I remember his hugs - so warm - and he would always give an extra bonus hug before letting go. God bless both you and your momma as you remember him, and know that your separation is only temporary.

Rick Williams

Posted at 08:13pm
My condolences to the Torres family. I did not know him, but I attended school with his daughter Dru. She is a great person so I know he must have been a great father. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. God Bless and comfort you Dru.

Elizabeth Gaines

Posted at 04:46pm
I am so sorry.

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