By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
James W. Nutt brought sunshine into the lives of many people during their dark times. According to family and friends, Nutt knew how to give direction and comforting companionship when the pressures of life began to take their tole.
James W. Nutt died on July 19, 2005, of cancer at the age of 75.
Lola Anderson, James Nutt’s daughter, said her father was always available when she needed him. Referring to him as her listener, Anderson said her father helped her greatly after she had a stroke in 2002. It was his encouraging words that made her realize that she would survive the weakened state she then faced.
Usually, Nutt was the kind of person that never passed up a moment to encourage someone else if it would brighten their day. He loved to talk, collect old country music and knives. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, music, hunting, mechanic work and people.
According to family members, It was his belief that no one should ever turn their back on someone in need. He believed in the evident possibility that a day would could come when those helping someone else might be the one in need of help someday.
James W. Nutt was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Broken Bow, Okla. to Elizabeth and Robert N. Nutt. He grew up on a family farm near Erick, Okla. He entered the Army when he was 17 years old. During his time of service, he was stationed in Panama and also in Germany.
He eventually moved to California where he worked as a pipe fitter in the construction of power plants. Nutt met his Bride while playing dominoes with her parents. He married Lena Tivis on Sept. 4, 1955, after proposing to her under one of her grandmother’s trees.
“I just knew he was the one the day I met him,” said Lena Nutt, James Nutt’s wife. “We just seemed to click.”
The Nutt’s had seven children together and were married 51 years. James Nutt continued to travel with his work until retirement in 1996. He was a member of the Baptist church and was a member of the Eagles in Clovis, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
According to family and friends, every time you turned around, Nutt was doing something to make you laugh.
Family members said that he hung out anywhere there was a dance or music.
Shirley Wolfenbarger, met Mr. and Mrs. Nutt at a seniors dance where they soon became good friends.
“He was the most wonderful person that you could ever have as a friend,” Wolfenbarger said. “We had more fun as friends than anyone could ever have in their life. He believed in living life to the fullest and he did just that.”
Wolfenbarger said that even when he was in the hospital sick, he was laughing and carrying on with the nurses.
“Never did he put people down,” she said. “He would always try to cheer you up by telling you there would be another day.”
Name: James W. Nutt
Born: Sept. 14, 1929
Died: July 19, 2005
Preceded in death by: his parents, two brothers, Vester and Johnny Wayne Nutt, and a sister, Dorothy Morris.
Survivors include: two sons, James Dale (and wife, Sandy) Nutt of Roanoke, Texas, and James Larry Nutt of Portales; five daughters, Betty Ann (Charles) Puckett of Bellflower, Calif., Lanita (Wellman) Wallace of Lexington, Ky., Delores Miller of Lexington, Ky., Lola (James) Anderson of Portales, and Brenda (George) Whittington of Lexington, Ky.; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Lee Nutt and Luther Nutt both of Portales, and Charles Nutt and Robert Nutt both of Clovis.