Lifelong Lewisville resident James Polser, 76, died July 10, 2017. He was born December 7, 1940 to Aubrey Henry Polser and Martha Corinne Fox Polser.
James attended and graduated from Lewisville schools, and it was while attending Lewisville High School that he met Virginia, his wife of 55 years. After serving as senior class president and graduating in 1959, James went on to North Texas State University, where he received a degree in marketing. In 1962, James and Virginia were married at First Baptist Church of Lewisville.
After college, James was employed at Huffines Motor Company, where he eventually became sales manager, leaving to purchase the Lewisville Feed Mill in 1978 from his uncle, James Degan. James Polser and the Feed Store became synonymous with Lewisville culture and local history, and it was known as the place where people would gather to swap tales, remember the past and get advice on topics ranging from gardening to livestock production.
The business was a town staple, and James could be found either behind the famous cash register that sat on the counter for over one hundred years or driving his 1946 Chevrolet pickup. Locals knew that if the doors were open, they could count on an ample supply of coffee, laughter and storytelling at the Mill.
James’ community ties could be found deeply rooted in the local First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and piano player for his Sunday school class. James was also active in several other organizations including the Lewisville City Council, Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Old Hall Cemetery Association, and the Old Town Business Association. He was an avid supporter of Lewisville High School and was honored as an inaugural member in the Lewisville High School Hall of Fame in 1988.
James was also named Citizen of the Year in 2006 by the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, and was honored by the City of Flower Mound, recognizing October 30, 2010 as James Polser day.
James loved his family, his community, state and country and took great pride in being a descendent of the one of the original founding families of Lewisville. He carried on the tradition of a simple way of life by celebrating the older ways of doing things. He and Virginia enjoyed antiques and spent years assembling a collection of “junk” that they loved to share with friends and neighbors, often cooking meals on a wood stove and opening their home and business to local schools for educational tours.
James is survived by his wife, Virginia Albright Polser, daughter Shannon Polser Cook Thornton and her husband Lane Thornton, son David Meredith Polser and his wife Laurie Diane Dillard Polser, grandchildren Samuel David Polser, Morgan Elizabeth Cook, Haley Miles Polser and Joseph Fox Polser. James is also survived by his brother Aubrey Henry Polser, Jr., sister Pamela Polser Winters and her husband Jimmy Winters, cousin Buddy Polser, and nieces Heather Reeves and Meredith Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents, his paternal grandparents, William Henry and Mary Ada Polser, and maternal grandparents, Henry Meredith and Mary Elizabeth Fox.
James’ contribution to the town of Lewisville has been, and will be, realized for many years. But it was his love of his family and his commitment to them that will endure for generations.
The family requests memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Alzheimer’s Association or First Baptist Church of Lewisville.
Visitation will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 at First Baptist Church of Lewisville, 1251 Valley Ridge Blvd. Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. July 13 at Old Hall Cemetery, 1500 McGee Lane in Lewisville. Following the graveside services at 10 a.m. will be a Celebration of Life at First Baptist.