Walter Thatcher Strain A memorial service for Walter Thatcher Strain, 84, of Lumberton will be 4 PM Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Farmer Funeral Home. Ray Morgan of Latter Rain Ministries will officiate Walter's Celebration of Life. Walter Strain went to be with his Lord and loved ones on November 17, 2012 at Baptist Hospital after a brief illness. He served in the US Navy, stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. He received the Victory Medal for his honorable service in the Armed Forces. Walter was a member of the American Legion. After the war, Walter began contracting as a field supervisor, building service stations. A native of Grapevine, his work brought him to Southeast Texas. He made his home in Lumberton and has resided there with his family for the past 45 years. Walter loved training horses as well as teaching others to enjoy the sport. For many years, he was a member of the Tri-County Trailblazers where he served as trail boss for the Dogwood Festival and Houston Fat Stock Show trail rides. He was also an avid hunter and guide as a member of the Salt Branch Hunting Club in Doss for over 50 years. During his later years, Walter explored his artistic talent, creating hundreds of clay sculptures, of which over 75 percent were donated to various organizations for display or fund raising auctions for those in need. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Ware and daughter Juanita Ware Shellnut. Survivors include his wife and best friend of 45 years, Nira Strain; brother Billy Strain of Arizona; sister Belle Menefee and husband Ray of Granbury; son Kelly Howell and wife Susan of Mesquite; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many that will miss his quick wit, laughter, guidance and above all, his friendship. Please join us to celebrate the life of our loved one- Walter 'Tootsie' Strain. We welcome your fond memories.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012