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Funeral services for James “Jimmy” Lloyd Cruz, 88, of Edgewood were held Friday, July 12, 2019, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point. Burial was held at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. He passed away July 6, 2019, at his home in Edgewood.

He was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Ferris to parents Rev. Samuel Frank Cruz and Mary Bell Fulton Cruz.

He was raised in the Dallas area and graduated from Seagoville High School. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves in 1948 and served as a fireman until 1957.

He met Liane Loudermilk at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and they married in Dallas in Feb. 1951.

They lived in Dallas where they raised three boys, David, Phillip and Jim. He was Vice President of Stanley Drug Company until he retired at age 51.

He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his vegetables with friends and family.

He tinkered in small engine mechanics, enjoyed reading and playing his banjo and loved to ride his motorcycle.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Frank and Mary Cruz and wife, Liane Cruz.

He is survived by his sons, David Cruz and wife, Kathy, of Edgewood, Phillip Cruz and wife, Rebecca, of Edgewood and Jim Cruz of Ben Wheeler; brothers, Earnest Cruz and wife, Wanda, of Mesquite and Philip Cruz and wife, Carol, of Dallas; sister, Mary Moore and husband, Howard, of Sachse; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; along with numerous nieces and nephews.