Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 2, 2014

James Melvin McCaslin

James Melvin McCaslin of Pulaski, Tennessee pased away Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the age of 63. James was born in Corsicana on Oct. 23, 1950 to Marshel and Edna McCaslin. He was a graduate of Corsicana High School and attended Navarro College before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1970.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1970 to 1992, and unlike most career Marines, he had the good fortune of staing in one occupation specialty throughout his tours of duty. James began his military career in the Military Police field and worked through the entire spectrum from motor patrol to desk work to investigating traffic accidents and criminal cases. Tours of duty included DaNang, Vietnam, Iwakuni and Okinawa, Japan in addition to several stateside duty assignments. In 1984, he was accepted to the Warrant Officer Program and was assigned as a Naval Investigative Service special agent in El Toro, California.

James was later selected as one of eight Marines to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va. This was followed by a three-year tour of duty at Camp Pendleton, California. In 1989, James was assigned to serve with NIS and the Provost Marshal’s Office at Camp Lejeunne.

James retired from the U.S. Marine Corps March 26, 1992. He was accepted to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. While attending the Academy, he was elected class president and completed the program’s requirements in the top three percent of the class. Following his graduation from the Academy, he accepted a position with the Pulaski Police Department.

Most recently, James served the citizens of Pulaski and Giles county as a Criminal Investigator for the Public Defenders Office.

James Melvin McCaslin was preceded in death by his father, Marshel McCaslin.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Judith Martin McCaslin, his mother, Edna McCaslin, siblings, Corrine (Rick) Thompson, Diane (Don) Foster, and Danny (Debby) McCaslin. He is also survived by his nephews Kenny Thompson, Jeremy (Rachel) Foster, Dr. Justin (Meridith) McCaslin, and nieces Kathryn (Bryan) Knotts, Kaytee (Woody) Harrell, and Launa (Michael) Bacon, along with great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service was held in Pulaski, Tennessee with full military honors. A local memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Pastor John Nader officiating.

Those wishing to make a memorial gift should do so to their favorite charity.

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