The Mount Pleasant Police Department was notified at 8:30 p.m. April 4 that a vehicle and boat trailer were backed into a boat ramp on Lake Tankersley unoccupied. A witness reported no one was around the vehicle and no boat was seen in the area.
After responding to the boat ramp park, officers found the vehicle with an empty trailer. After determining the owner of the vehicle, family members were contacted. The family then reported that the owner of the vehicle should have been fishing on Lake Tankersley earlier, but should have returned by now. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department Water Rescue responded and began searching the lake for the missing boat and boater. A boat was located on the far side of the dam diagonal to the boat launch. The boat was unoccupied.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens responded to the lake. Utilizing side sonar, game wardens were able to locate a drowning victim shortly before midnight. The victim was later identified as James Paul Majors, 74, of Mount Pleasant. The death is believed to have been an accidental drowning. Family members of the victim were later notified.
Funeral services for Majors were held April 7, 2019 in Mount Pleasant under the direction of Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home. He was born July 19, 1944 in Pittsburg to Andrew Jackson and Dollie (Stanley) Majors.
He was a member of the Northridge Church of Christ and the Lions Club. He was the manager of Hazelwood Furniture Store for many years and after retirement, he greeted many shoppers at Walmart.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Majors; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Sandy Majors; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Kay Majors; grandchildren, Meridith and Madeline Majors and Colton and Lincoln Majors.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Frances Majors. Interment followed in the Pierce Chapel Cemetery in Franklin County.