Larry James Obituary, Death – Longtime KGBT weatherman Larry James has passed away. Larry James, who had been the veteran weatherman on KGBT-TV for the previous 43 years, abruptly retired on April 29, 2008. He would not comment on what took place, but he did say that he was summoned to the manager’s office, and after about ten minutes, he was informed that he was no longer employed there. He refused to elaborate further. He was permitted to remove personal belongings from his desk, but access to his e-mail was restricted. He was allowed to remove personal belongings from his desk.
The individuals in charge of the station have declined to comment on the situation. James was the last of the on-air staff from what many Rio Grande Valley residents consider the station’s “glory days” during the late 1960s and 1970s when it had studios in the central part of Harlingen and the highest-rated newscast in the Rio Grande Valley. Those years occurred when the station was broadcasting from the Rio Grande Valley.
Diana Maldonado wrote on a social media post saying; I’m sad to report today that longtime KGBT weatherman Larry James has passed away. We are awaiting more details and information about his funeral services. He worked at KGBT for decades long before there were computers and technology. At the old station, he had a metal wall with magnetic numbers that he would change out to illustrate the temperatures and cold fronts. For those who don’t remember, he was originally from Louisiana and moved to the Valley in the 60s.
He was instrumental in helping raise millions of dollars over the years for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Condolences to his wife Nan and his daughters Kathy and Margaret.
Patricia Guillermo Williams said; I grew up watching Larry James on Channel 4. He guided so many families through rough weather with his vast knowledge of weather patterns. He was the go-to weatherman in the Valley during hurricane season. Later it was a great pleasure to work alongside Larry during my years as an anchor and reporter at KGBT-TV. Larry was always mentoring us and we always listened intently. While I was fighting cancer, Larry would message me via Facebook and lift my spirits all the while he was going through some tough medical situations. He was there despite being weak himself always encouraging me and telling me to remain positive. He was a true professional and a true friend. Rest In Peace Larry and may God comfort and bless Nan, their daughters and the entire family.