John Benny Moody, 74, of Navasota passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Wednesday, May 13th. He was born in Groveton, Texas on September 9, 1940, to John Henley Moody and Violet McLain Moody. The family moved to Hearne shortly thereafter where John attended the Church of Christ and made lifelong friends. He graduated from Hearne High School in 1959 where he was voted class favorite and received all-state honors for his saxophone playing in the band. After high school, he served in the United States Navy for ten years as an aviation electronics technician, first-class. After his time in the service, he worked as an iron worker for several companies, piloting his private plane to many out-of-state jobs. In 1975, while living in Bryan, he began work as a purchasing agent for Interstate Southwest Forge which led to moving his family to Navasota in 1977. In March of 1982, he established Moody’s Home Appliance Repair which he operated until his death. The business was managed on a part-time basis when John went to work for Navasota ISD as an electrician and HVAC technician in 1996 until his retirement in 2001. John was an avid golfer and a huge fan of the Navasota Rattlers football team and girls’ basketball team, rarely missing a game in either sport. He served as president of the Navasota Athletics Booster Club and coached senior league baseball teams in the late 70’s and early 80’s. John also worked many years at the Texas Renaissance Festival and was an active member of the Navasota Evening Lions Club for over ten years.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John Henley Moody and Violet McLain Moody of Hearne. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Angie Moody of Houston; ex-wife Anne Moody of Navasota, son William John “B.J.” Moody of Navasota, stepson Lane Krumrey of Bryan, stepdaughter Shawn Krumrey of Navasota, and stepson Randy Krumrey and wife Tracy of Navasota. He is also survived by nephew Scott Moody and wife Lisa of Needville, and nephew Steve Moody of Marble Falls. John’s grandchildren include Somer (Foster) Sanchez and husband Frank of Anderson, Robert Holt of Houston, Casey (Krumrey) Gibbs and husband Brian of Pampa, Matt Foster of Anderson, Katie Winn of Cypress, Cameron Krumrey of Bastrop, Conner Krumrey of Bryan, Andrea Krumrey of Navasota, Brooklyn Gipson of Navasota, Donavon Mitchell of Navasota, and Makayla Mitchell of Navasota. He is also survived by three great-nieces, a great-nephew, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-niece.
There will be a “celebration of life” service at Pecan Lakes Golf Course on Sunday, May 31st, at 1:00 p.m. Those who wish to golf that morning should be there before the 8:00 a.m. tee time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Navasota High School scholarship fund that is being established in his name.
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