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.
Online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com