Jimmie Mills Foreman 1928-2021
Jimmie Mills Foreman, 93, of North Richland Hills, passed away on November 28, 2021. He was born on November 3, 1928, in Signal Hill, Texas, the only child of Mills H. Foreman and Mary Ethel Farless. His early years were spent in Stinnett, Texas where he learned the hard lessons of ranch life during the depression and the dust bowl in the Texas panhandle. He worked and saved for flying lessons and soloed on his 16th birthday. Those flying skills served him well as he continued building hours as a crop-dusting pilot. He later became an instructor and taught many others to fly. His lifetime of flying was later recognized with the Federal Aviation Administration presented him with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for more than fifty years of aviation experience.
Jim served in the US Army in the Korean war. He entered service as a private and was released after two years with the rank of Master Sergeant. He returned to Borger Texas and opened an Indian motorcycle dealership and married Freda Hardin on September 9, 1955. The new responsibilities of marriage and starting a family led Jim and Freda to Amarillo, Texas. Jim worked for Sears and together they raised three children. Jim retired at age fifty to pursue his desires to fly airplanes and gliders, photography, and writing. Together they moved to the Black Forest, Colorado where they built a house and led an active life. During his time there he wrote between 150 and 200 magazine articles and six books. With the advent of the Internet, Jim’s storytelling moved from printed pages to video. At age eighty he taught himself to shoot and edit videos which he then posted to YouTube. In twelve years, he posted over four hundred videos that were viewed 4.4 million times and garnered fifteen thousand subscribers who waited for each new video.
Freda’s desire to be closer to her family drew her and Jim to Oklahoma in the 1990s. Their final move took Jim and Freda to North Richland Hills where they could enjoy the company and assistance of Lisa Harbour, their eldest daughter. Freda, his wife of sixty-four years, recently passed on July 30, 2021, as did his grandson Joseph Foreman on August 29, 2021. Jim was known for his devotion to Freda. She had survived polio and cancer twice and Jim was always there to see her through any challenge.
Jim is survived by his three children, Lisa Harbour, of Hurst; Dr.Stephen Foreman of Hellertown, Pennsylvania; and Dr. Kerra Foreman, of Colorado Springs; nine grandchildren, Jason, Matthew, and Joshua Harbour; Benjamin, Michael, Timothy, Neil, and Jonathan Foreman; and Megan Foreman; seven great-grandchildren; great-grandchildren Hailey and Jackson Harbour and Harrison, Jude, Bryant, Harvey, and Kylee Foreman.
A memorial service ceremony will be held on Friday, December 03, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Roberts Family Funeral Home. Jim will be interred at the Dallas-Fort Worth National cemetery with Freda. Jim once wrote, “I try to live life to the fullest and my motto is not to leave anything in the glass when I die.” Jim lived a full life that was far above the expectations he developed on that ranch during the dust bowl. He is loved and will be missed. He left nothing in the glass.
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