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James Cavender, Founder of the Namesake Western Wear Company, Has Passed at Age 87

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The founder of Cavender’s western wear company, James Cavender, has passed away at the age of 87 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. The retail chain’s Chief Financial Officer Jim Thompson has stated that his passing, on May 29, was the result of health issues he had experienced over the past few years, leaving him hospitalized a number of times.

Founded in 1965 in Pittsburg, Texas, Cavender’s is a well-respected western wear retailer known the world-over. James and his wife Pat continued to live in the town where he started it all. Approximately two decades ago, he turned the daily business operations over to their three sons. The corporate Facebook page stated “Our founder, our leader, our friend and to many a father figure James Cavender passed away today May 29th. We are all deeply saddened by his passing and we ask that you keep the entire Cavender’s family in your thoughts and prayers. – It is a privilege to be a part of the Cavender’s family business and we will all strive to emulate what James built this company believing. – Hard Work and Honesty – In loving memory to our beloved James Cavender. James thank you for all you did, gave, inspired, pushed and expected from those you came in contact with… You are Loved.”

A member of the First Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas, Cavender served in the United States Air Force. His company, now based in Tyler, Texas, has stores in 11 states, and he, himself, was known for his outstanding work ethic, good nature, and the joy and pride he had when helping his customers. Through his hard work and personal principles, he attracted a number of loyal associates who have remained with the company for more than three decades.