March 22, 1931 – May 29, 2018 PITTSBURG, TX James Robert Cavender was born in Idabel, Oklahoma on March 22, 1931. He passed away on May 29, 2018. Mr. Cavender was a member of First Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas and served in the United States Air Force. James was the founder and CEO of Cavender’s, a major Texas based western wear retail chain that now has stores in 12 states. James was known for his incredible work ethic, disposition and joy when helping customers. He was fortunate to attract many loyal associates over the last 53 years; many have been with the company for 30 or more years. Mr. Cavender, an only child, is preceded in death by his parents Lois Otis “L.O.” Cavender and Loyce Estelle Stewart. He was married to his wife Patricia Ann Whitten Cavender for 63 years. They have four children, Joe Mark Cavender and wife Nancy, Mike Alan Cavender, Traci Ann Cavender, and Clay Courtney Cavender and wife Jacqueline. James is also survived by his grandchildren, Whitney Cavender Edwards and husband Todd, Morgan Cavender, McClain Cavender Devine and husband Andrew, Drew Cavender and wife Kayla, Cooper Cavender, Colton Cavender, Conley Cavender, and Cline Cavender. Great-grandchildren include Knox Edwards, Kingston Edwards and Wyatt Devine. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 1, at 3pm at the First Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas. Visitation with the family will be held at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Pittsburg, Texas, on Thursday, May 31, from 5:00-7:00 pm.
Published in The Oklahoman on June 1, 2018