James Herndon Biard
Maiden Name: n/a
James Herndon Biard, 78, passed away January 8, 2006, at his home. He was the son of Alice Herndon Biard, an original Choctaw enrollee, and Rafe Semms Biard.
He was a graduate of Paris, Texas, High School, where he participated on the football team, and of Paris Junior College. A Naval veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, he was stationed for a time at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, where a hydrogen bomb was being tested.
He and his wife, Catherine, to whom he was married 57 years, moved to Valliant, Oklahoma, from Paris in 1990. He was engaged in ranching there.
A longtime employee of the Shamrock Oil and Gas refinery in Dumas, Texas, he later owned and operated Go-Low Records in Amarillo.
Recently, he was honored by the Choctaw Nation as the Outstanding Choctaw Elder of District 1. An active participant in tribal events, he was also affiliated with Valliant First Methodist Church and the Idabel American Legion.
Both parents and a brother, Rafe Biard Jr., preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of the home; daughter, Elizabeth of Fort Worth; two sons, Richard of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Scott of Amarillo; daughter-in-law, Rhonda of Amarillo; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.