James P. Cloud, M.D., 83, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Orange. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

 James Presley Cloud M.D. was born in Orleans, Ind. on March 2, 1926. He attended local school and graduated from Orleans High School after only three years in the spring of 1944; however, he had enlisted in the Navy at the time in 1943, and therefore was graduated in absentia. James was a member of the Orleans Christian Church and the Orleans Lodge 153, F. and A. M. On Dec. 29, 1949 he was married to Patricia Charlene Ashley in Indianapolis, Ind. He attended Notre Dame University for his undergraduate studies, Indiana University for medical school and served as a medical officer(captain) as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. He would get terribly motion sick in aircraft, thus earning the nickname “The Horizonal Flight Surgeon”. He told a story of how a semester of German language credit kept him from being sent to the Korean War before he entered medical school. When released from the service in July 1953, he and Patricia moved to Oklahoma City, complete a residency in orthopedics at the McBride Bone and Joint Clinic. The family moved to Orange where James set up his practice of orthopedics. The couple had three children before the move: Elizabeth Luanne, James Scott and Jean Ellen. Jill Leigh Cloud was born in Orange in 1959. James retired from medicine in March 1997. His interests included snow skiing, firearms and weightlifting. He was a great admirer of President Reagan and voted the Republican ticket. Many happy years were spent at the beach with the family and grandchildren at the home they owned on the Bolivar Peninsula. In 2001 James was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. James struggled with symptoms for many years. His daughter, Jean took him to Phoenix to a neurological specialist in 2007. With medication and exercise, James did pretty well keeping the progression of Parkinson’s at bay with the help of full time nursing staff in the home. In May of 2007, the children took Dad to Washington D.C. so that he could see the World War II Memorial and tour the historical sites. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Brandon Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia C. Cloud of Orange; daughters and sons-in-law, Luanne and Timothy Jones of Joshua, Jean and Doug Mathews of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jill Smith of Orange; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Lisa Cloud of Orange; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Dora May Myers of Paoli, Ind. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Adventist University, Brandon Michael Williams Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 567, Keene, Texas 76059-0567.