On Oct. 1, 1940, he married Mary Kathryn Golden and they enjoyed married life for 68 years until her death in February of 2009. They were both active members of the San Saba First Baptist Church for many years where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher of the Couples Class and Men’s and Youth classes . In addition he taught the Men’s Downtown Bible Class on KBAL radio and the Eventide Nursing Home class. In later years he enjoyed gospel singing with friends at local and area nursing homes and church gatherings. For more than 30 years he prepared and wrote a weekly article, “Biblical Gem,” for the San Saba News and Star until his health decline in early 2013. After years of research, study and writing, he published a book “The Flip Side of the Rapture” at the age of 92 in 2011. He loved and studied God’s Word with a passion and shared the salvation of Christ with many people over his long life. His spiritual impact in the lives of several men led them to be called by God to full time ministry. His major regret at the end of his life was that because of declining physical and mental capacities he could not serve his Lord in the same manner he did when he was younger and stronger.
He was preceded in death by his loving and unselfish wife, Kathryn Golden Gage, his parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include his two sons and their wives, Dean and Kathy Gage of College Station and Mike and Deadra Gage of Corsicana; five grandchildren, Michelle Gage Wilding and husband David of Rockwall, Nicole Gage Wells and husband David of Burleson, Julie Gage Williams and husband Cliff of Willis, Debbie Gage Sanches and husband Heath of Corsicana and John Gage of Corsicana; and seven great grandchildren.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors at Scott & White in College Station and the staff at Heritage Oaks Retirement Center in Corsicana for their wonderful care and concern in his last days. Jim will be missed by all his family and friends and his impact in their lives will live forever.