James Buriel Vann, 81, of Woodville passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 20, 2023.
Born February 8, 1942 in Norman, Arkansas to Kenneth Karl Vann and Altha Self Vann, he lived in Doucette most of his life. A US Navy veteran, he was a member of Dogwood Hills Baptist Church in Woodville. Buriel was a carpenter who was respected and known in Tyler County for being an honest man. He enjoyed hunting, farming, being outdoors, but especially loved fishing. He was a member of the Woodville Bass Club, fished Amateur Fishing Tournaments and spent many a hour on the lake with good friends enjoying God’s handy work. He enjoyed all animals and all animals loved him. But he truly loved being a dad and grandpa handing down traditions, telling stories and spending time with each one of his family members.
Buriel is survived by his loving daughters, Cheryl Fowler, Christy Watts, Charlotte Johnston and Ashelynn Wilson; sisters, Bonnie Lindberg, Carol Smith, Helen Judalet and Bea Beck; twelve grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral service will be held Friday, March 24, 2023, at 10 am at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at the Camp Ground Cemetery in Woodville. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 5 pm until 8 pm at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Zachary Watts, Levi Watts, Van Watts, Jacob Johnston, Jesse Evans, Ethan Stephens, Caleb Stephens and Patrick Mullin.
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