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Casper Lee (Cap) James


Casper Lee "Cap" James, 85, of Bandera, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Christopher House Hospice in Austin. He was born in Kerr County near Ingram to William Wallace and Annie Mary Dugosh James on Oct. 15, 1927.
Following his father's death, the family moved to Bandera County where Cap graduated from Bandera High School in 1947. He was active in sports, assisted with janitorial work at school and also drove a school bus during his senior year.
In 1948, he and his good friends, Roger Stevens and Jimmie Word, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and were stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. After his discharge from the Marines, Cap returned to Texas and worked as an apprentice with his older brother, Wallace B. James, who was a master tile mason.
After quickly acquiring the art of tile setting, Cap soon became a master tile mason himself, installing tile in numerous prominent buildings, including the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, Bexar County Hospital - now University Hospital - and in other well-known buildings in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas.
In 1962, Cap married Helen Fay Hill at the Methodist Church in Bandera. The couple had a son Richard Leslie James.
Following retirement, they moved to Bandera County where Cap was in demand for his superior tile setting skills. He worked in private homes, as well as at Alkek Elementary School and Purple Sage Ranch, among others. He worked until age forced him to retire fully.
Cap was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and faithful friend. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports. A talented gardener, Cap produced luscious tomatoes, which he generously shared with others.
He is survived by his son, Richard Leslie James; daughter-in-law Moira James; and grandsons, William Henry James and John Fowler "Jack" James, all of Lakeway, near Austin. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Cap's beloved wife Helen died on Oct. 17, 2007 after a lengthy illness. He was also predeceased by his parents; sister Louise Robinson; and five brothers, Bill, Wallace, Johnnie, Leslie and Luther James.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Bandera United Methodist Church with his friend Mr. Martin Smith officiating.
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Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.