James Wesley was born on July 22, 1953 in Pasadena, Texas to James Billy Poland and Betty Jean (Dacus) Poland. He died Saturday, November 3, 2012, at his residence in Sugar Land, Texas.
Mr. Poland graduated from Zavalla High School in 1972, entered the U.S. Air Force, proudly served his country and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He returned to his home town of Zavalla, Texas and worked for Kerr Sheet Metal, and numerous summer jobs while attending Stephen F. Austin State University earning his bachelor’s degree in computer science. While attending college he met the love of his life Dorothea Kay Runge. They were married on June 9th, 1984.
Mr. Poland was a computer technician and supervisor for NetSync Network Solutions in Houston, Texas where he was a hardworking and valued member of their team. Mr. Poland was a member of Sugar Land Baptist Church and had previously served as an active deacon prior to the death of his wife.
Survivors include his sons, James Michael Poland, of Galveston, Texas and Jeffrey Alexander Poland of Lubbock, Texas, his mother, Betty Poland of Zavalla, Texas, His sisters and spouses, Carryl and Tommy Carrell, and Lisa and Steve Seale of Zavalla, Texas and Judith and Stan Pyburn of Silsbee, Texas. His sister-in-law and spouse, Sandra and Steve Brown, of Deer Park, Texas. His mother and father-in-law, Vickey and James Runge of Clear Lake, Texas. His aunts and uncles, Iris and Pasco Parker of McKinney, Texas, Bennie & Johnny Lovelace of Houston, Texas, Rex and Mary Lou Dacus of Friendswood, Texas and Don and Bobbie Poland of Robstown, Texas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and a great nephew, as well as many other cousins and relatives. Special friends, Marie and Sidney Green of Livingston, Texas.
Mr. Poland was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea Kay Runge in 2004 and his father, James Billy Poland, in 1999.
Donations in lieu of flowers are requested to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at their website in the “donations in honor of” section. As a veteran his sons believed he would like to see others supported in their time of need. Donations can also be made to First Baptist Church Zavalla building fund to help continue the growth of their ministry to the Zavalla and East Texas area. Those donations can be made by calling 936-897-2566.