James William Derry
|James "Guy" William Derry. Born 5 October 1946 in Illinois. He is the middle son of GERALD FRANCIS and IRMA MAE DERRY. James (Guy), married Yolanda Valls, in 1966. Yolanda was born 10 August 1940.|
Guy was first in the U.S. Navy from August '64 to September '67, and then the U.S. Air Force after a four year break while he worked as a jet engine mechanic for the Army in Corpus Christi, Texas. He moved his family to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska from Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1974. Here, he managed the Base Hospital maintenance department. He was transferred to San Antonio, Texas a few years later, for about a year. He retired early form the Air Force, and moved back to Alaska, where he and Yolanda have their abode today.
Children of James and Yolanda are:
Dolly, born 1 December 1960 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Tashia, born 16 November 1961 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Guylene, born 12 February 1966 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Kamala, born 9 March 1970 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
NOTE: None of the girls have middle names. Three of them have children of their own...we're holding out hope for Kamala.. (smiling benevolently)..
Noelle - 6 November 1980
Kyle - ?? August 1984
Zachary - ?? May 1987(?)
Ashleigh - ?? December 1990
Ben - 7 November 1981
Colin and Evan - 7 June 1992(?) Twins
Kelli - 13 June 1989
Jacob - 17 April 1993
ABOVE: "Frank", Irma (mom), Gerald Sr. (dad)
LEFT: James "Guy"
Guy and I are the only two left of our original family, with the passing of our mother, Irma, on 4 December 1998. We live just a half mile apart, and still, we don't get to see each other often enough. Guy is a gentle giant, and the spitting image of our father Gerald Sr... Well, almost.
Growing up, my two brothers were a number of years older than I, so that being the case, we didn't do much together then. 1970 was the last time the three of us boys were together. It was just a year before our eldest brother Frank (Gerald-II) died in a fiery truck crash. We were on the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas (Padre Island, down by the Bob Hall Pier), at a family get together. Guy had this "beach buggy" that I just had to drive. The long and short of it was, I was caught speeding on the beach, (Guy & Frank, hanging onto the door-jams, one on one side, and one on the other, as there were no doors on the thing), or was it speeding and driving on the beach... well, as it turned out, the judge was the same judge that married Guy & Yolanda...Whew! Slid by that one! Thanks Guy!
Remembering that brings to mind one other time I visited Guy & Yolanda in Corpus. A year earlier, in August '69, one of the Gulf Coasts infamous hurricanes struck the coast. It was a bad one, (don't know of any good ones)... can't remember the name of it, but they were living out in Flour Bluff, by the N.A.S., just a stones throw from the Gulf of Mexico. We decided to ride it out at the house. The wind was awesome! The eye of this thing passed right over the area, and naturally, Guy & I had to go out to see if we could find anyone alive during the lull in the wind and rain (the trailer park down the road was wiped out completely). We did! Huddled up in a car right next to a Circle-K store, were a man and his wife. We brought them back to the house, as it had faired pretty well..so far, during the first half of the storm. Now the wind comes from the opposite direction. Long story short, we all made it through in fine shape. Next day, it was beautiful outside, and was time for clean up. So, naturally, we had to have a water fight...buckets and all! Not wanting to be out done, I grabbed the garden hose...and stuck it through the window of the living room... right where the television was...(smiling sheepishly), can't remember if it still worked after that, but the water fight was over! (Hey! Isn't there usually a water shortage after a hurricane?)
Gee! Here it is thirty years later, and we haven't had a good water fight for a long time.
James "Guy" (L) & Frank in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Frank(L) & Dad in Alamogordo, New Mexico
James (left) & Frank in Seneca, IL
circa - 1952
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