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James Pierce Hotchkiss
9/24/1941 - 8/4/2019, Age 77
Garland, Texas

James Pierce Hotchkiss, 77 of Garland, Texas went to be with his Lord on August 4th, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Harriet Duvall Hotchkiss, who is now residing in Colorado with family. Both were born and raised in Binghamton, New York. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Binkley Perks and husband Joe Perks, his two sons Timothy James Hotchkiss and wife Bethany Summers Hotchkiss of Hartsel, Colorado and Donald Alan Hotckiss and wife Roxanne Bernadine Hotchkiss of Conifer, Colorado. Jim also leaves behind five grandchildren, seven great granddaughters, several nieces and nephews and many friends in both Upstate New York and Northeast Texas.

Jim served four years in the U.S. army after which he attended SUNY Binghamton where he received a liberal arts degree and then went on to attain a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He was very active at Holly Springs UMC in Martins Mill, Texas and Brushy Creek UMC in Palestine, Texas.

While still in Binghamton, he worked for Shumaker Engineering as a civil engineer. In 1965, Jim and his family moved to New Jersey where he served as a field engineer for the New Jersey Turnpike widening project. In 1970, the family returned to Binghamton due to a death in the family and Jim went to work as a superintendent on various construction projects throughout the Binghamton area. Then, in 1981, the family moved to Texas where he spent the remainder of his life. Once Jim crossed over the state line he became a Texan for life. In the Dallas area he continued his civil engineering career as assistant superintendent on several high rise buildings in downtown Dallas as well as the expansion of the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.

He also started a business called The Chair Folks. He felled cedar trees, cured them, and created his own line of rustic furniture with many of his pieces featuring cane or rush woven seats and backs. His craftsmanship and attention to detail brought in additional contract work from individuals as well as antique restoration companies.

While in Garland, he enjoyed coaching his son's baseball teams and playing golf and tennis as time permitted.

At the request of the decedent, he is to be cremated with no type of formal funeral service. A family gathering in Colorado will take place Sunday September 1st at his son's home for a celebration of his life. At the gathering, the meal will be served on the chinaware Jim and Harriet received as a wedding gift and flatware harriet's parents were given for their wedding. In addition, the music will be performed by his two grandsons and Jim's great-granddaughter will be reading the eulogy. Stories will be told by all.

Memorial donations can be sent to Jim's preferred charities in his name: St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital or Wounded Warriors. Arrangement are provided by Eastgate Funeral Home in Garland, TX.