Jeff Travis Penick
April 16, 1928 – February 18, 2016
Jeff Travis Penick passed away on February 18, 2016, at the age of 87. A small gravesite service will be held on Friday, February 26, at 3pm, at the Heard’s Prairie / Petteway cemetary. Jeff’s ashes will be interned at the heart of Sue’s grave. A reception will follow at The First Baptist Church of Bremond. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Jeff was born on April 16, 1928, in Thornton, Texas to Sally Davis Penick and Roy Bolan Penick. Jeff had one brother, Roy, and three sisters, Wanda, Neva and Linda. Much of his childhood was spent on a sharecropping farm in the Thornton / Kosse area of Texas. He graduated from Kosse High School (where one of his noteworthy memories was being the only boy in home economics class, an advantageous place to meet girls, no doubt).
Jeff met the love of his life, Emma Sue Brantner, at the M&M Café in Bremond. He would sit far from the café kitchen, so that when she filled his order, he could watch the pretty waitress walk. They were married 54 years before Sue tragically passed away in January of 2004. Jeff spent the remaining years of his life profoundly missing her.
Jeff and Sue had five children: Joe Kenneth, Jim Allen, Sue Elizabeth, Carol Marie and Robin Ann. They have ten grandchildren: Justin Penick, Sarah Heckendorn, James Penick, Jennifer Gongora, Penny Vega, Joshua Rowan, Matthew Rowan, Andrew Gray, Elizabeth Gray and Elliott Gray. Jeff and Sue currently have twenty great-grandchildren. A new great great granddaughter was born on the day that Jeff passed away.
Jeff spent the multitude of his adult years in Bremond. He was a man who valued hard work and was known for his remarkable mechanical abilities. There was never a vehicle, no matter the size, that Jeff could not repair. He was meticulous and exacting in his work.
Jeff particularly enjoyed reading Louis Lamour westerns and working Soduku puzzles. He loved Sue’s homemade red beans and biscuits and Blue Bell ice cream. He often as not could be seen with a Pepsi or a peppermint in his mouth.
The family takes great comfort in knowing that their dad has been reunited with mom in Heaven.
The family would like to thank the St. Joseph Nursing Home in Caldwell, as well as Brazos Valley Hospice for their support during this difficult time.
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