Gerald Ladine Primrose Sr.

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1930 - 2016 Gerald Ladine Primrose, Sr. passed away October 19, 2016. Born April 26, 1930 in the Homer community to Carl Stephen Primrose and Ima Whitehead Primrose, he was a 7th generation Texan and a direct descendant of Stephen Williams, Sr., a Revolutionary War and Texas Revolution veteran. Growing up in the forks of the Angelina and Neches rivers, at an early age he started riding with his near-deaf grandfather, Mordecai, checking on their livestock, timber, and property, some still in the family since the 1840's. Blessed with a photographic memory, he learned to play dominoes at the age of 4 and enjoyed playing his entire life. An avid hunter, every November he looked forward to the opening of deer season. During a two-year recovery from a tractor accident, recalling the numerous stories told by his grandfather, he wrote a history of the Homer community. He raised a large garden every spring and was well known for his Grady peas, tomatoes, and blueberries. He served 30 years on the Jasper Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, was previously on the Jasper County Economic Development Board as well as the rural fire district. A 59-year member of the Dewitt Clinton Masonic lodge, he served numerous local offices and on the state level as District Deputy Grand Master. While Worshipful Master, he and the late Ann Batson worked to establish the Order of Rainbow Girls chapter in Jasper. He worked in the timber industry for over 70 years, even driving a mule team during World War II at the age of 13 in the summers and weekends, and later running the family business as a logger and timber contractor. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Etta Ralph Primrose; their three children, Gerald (Jerry) Primrose Jr., Geraldine Carson and husband, Dink Carson, and Nelda Blazier; six grandchildren, Chris, Terry and Buddy Primrose, Aimee Blazier Richardson, Cristy Blazier and Nikki Blazier ; and 8 great-grandchildren, Erin, Allison, Iria, Kaylee, Josh, Tristan, Lily and Ben. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Kyle (Buck) Primrose and Jack Primrose; son in-law, Ben Blazier; and daughter-in-law, Becky Primrose. His family will receive friends at Forest Oaks Funeral Home of Jasper on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Forest Oaks Funeral Home of Jasper, officiated by Pastor Richard Phillips. Interment will follow at Ebezer Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Primrose, Buddy Allen Primrose, Steve Richardson, Carl Primrose, Ronnie Primrose, and Budgie Matzke.

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Forest Oaks Funeral Home - Jasper
601 W Gibson
Jasper, TX 75951
(409) 384-6676
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 21, 2016
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