Gene F. Grabbs
Gene Frederick Grabbs, 88, of Carrizo Springs, died on Nov. 26, 2018, at his residence.
A visitation will be held tomorrow from noon to 8 p.m. in the chapel at the Leonard Funeral Home, 707 W. Houston St., Carrizo Springs.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Erskine Family Cemetery, 499 FM 2691, Zavala County. The Rev. Bobby Speer of Clovis, New Mexico, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Jacob Hunter, First United Methodist Church of Carrizo Springs, and the Rev. Ralph Wilson, First Baptist Church of Carrizo Springs. Interment will be made with full military honors.
He was born on Nov. 28, 1929, in Uvalde to Lamera (Motes) and James Frederick Grabbs.
Grabbs and his wife, Louise, lived in the Corpus Christi area for many years. He was employed as a lineman for Central Power and Light Company for 18 years, and he later retired from Southwestern Refinery. The couple were avid square dancers and also operated a square dance shop.
After retiring in 1990, they moved to her family’s ranch located near Cometa in Zavala County. The couple regularly attended service at First United Methodist Church of Carrizo Springs, and she worked as a secretary at the church.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 40 years.
Grabbs is survived by daughter, Kimberly Rae House and husband, Todd, of Taft; son, James Olan Grabbs and wife, Margie, of Corpus Christi; stepdaughter, Deborah Jo Wood of Washington; three stepsons, William Arnold Wood and wife, Denise, of Cometa, Mike Wood of Corpus Christi and James Andrew Wood and wife, Sandra, of Orange Grove; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; son, David Gene Grabbs; brother, Grady Grabbs; and grandson, John Michael Wood.
Pallbearers will be Gregg Howard, Brooks Howard, Rodney Chitty, Amador Flores, Billy Masar, Jerry Speer, Kenneth Howard and Charlie Peckenpaugh.