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James Leslie ‘Les’ Vanover

November 6, 1931 - August 2, 2018

James Leslie ‘Les’ Vanover, 86, passed away on August 2, 2018. Les was born in Beaumont, Texas on November 6, 1931 to William Clarence Vanover and Thelma Loneta Studdard. He attended Abilene Christian on a Track & Field scholarship where he was a 2-time National Champion, All-American and was inducted into the …read more

James Leslie ‘Les’ Vanover, 86, passed away on August 2, 2018. Les was born in Beaumont, Texas on November 6, 1931 to William Clarence Vanover and Thelma Loneta Studdard. He attended Abilene Christian on a Track & Field scholarship where he was a 2-time National Champion, All-American and was inducted into the ACU Hall of Fame in 2011.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dean and Glen.

Les served in the U.S. Army and competed in the Armed Forces Olympics. His efforts and talents resulted in receiving the U.S. Army European Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Les spent his adult career as a teacher, coach, and administrator in Beaumont. He loved to hunt, fish, paint, and dance.

Survivors include his only child, daughter Kathryn Vanover Habluetzel and husband Wally; best friend and companion, Pat Earl; nephew and hunting partner, Kirby Vanover; grandchildren Reagan and Emma Cox, Ryan Cox, and Madison Cox; all his extended family, friends, and dance partners.

Funeral services will be held at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury, Texas on Monday, August 6 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Acton Cemetery. Visitation will be at 9 a.m., Monday at Wiley.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Time: 9:00 am

Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury

Address:

400 Highway 377 East
Granbury,Texas76048

Service Information

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury

Address:

400 Highway 377 East
Granbury,Texas76048

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Acton Cemetery

Address:

3500 Fall Creek Hwy
Acton,Texas76049

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