GROVETON – Services for Bro. Robbie Bailey, 79, of Groveton were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at the Groveton First Baptist Church with Bros. Lewis Jones, Horace Fletcher and David Horace officiating.
Private internment services were held in the Boonetown Cemetery.
He died Sunday, Feb. 24, at his residence.
Bro. Bailey was born April 29, 1928, in Westville, the son of David Conrad and Atmo Ellis.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was currently serving as associate pastor of the First Baptist Church. Previously, he served as pastor at the Josserand Baptist Church of over 23 years, at the Missionary Baptist Church in Lufkin for two years and at the Friday Baptist Church for four years. He also was the music minister at the First Baptist Church in Groveton for five years.
Bro. Bailey was a member of several singing groups, including The Footlighters and Friends, Southern Praise and One Way. He also was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Betty Thorne Bailey; three daughters and their spouses, Debbie and Sammy Wilson of Groveton, Holly and Danny Gilbert of Groveton and LuAnn and Lowell Fortenberry of Wimberly; a granddaughter, Trilby Fortenberry; five grandsons and a spouse, Robbie David Wilson, Brad and Amie Wilson, Lodin Fortenberry, Chris Gilbert and Casey Gilbert; two great-granddaughters, Peyton Ordaz and Mercedes Wilson; a great-grandson, Gunner Wilson; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Brad Wilson, Robbie David Wilson, Glen Ringo, Gerald Fails, Dan Dominy and Calvin Kersh. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Class of ’47.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
TRINITY – Memorial services for Gregory “Toast” Vinson of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2008, at the Camp Olympia Outdoor Education Center. An additional service will be held at the Texas Lion’s Camp in Kerrville later this spring.
Mr. Vinson died Feb. 2, at his residence.
He was a teacher employed at the Camp Olympia Outdoor Education Center in Trinity and his fifth grade students affectionately referred to him as “Mr. Toast” and hung on his every word.
Despite a near lifelong battle with Type I diabetes, Addison’s Disease, hypothyroidism and recently osteoporosis, he tenaciously pursued physical activities. In the summer of 2005, he took part in a 4,000 mile coast to coast bicycle ride. He also ran at least 16 marathons, most recently the January 2008 Houston Marathon.
The Houston Marathon was especially important to Mr. Vinson, because it let him merge two of his favorite pursuits – exercise and charity. He also was devoted to the Texas Lion’s Camp in Kerrville, where he was a former camper, counselor, staffer and now “legend.”
Those interested in being notified about the time and date of the Kerrville service should contact his brother, Eric, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to the Texas Lion’s Camp.