Hugh Leon Kerby, 88, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Memorial Park Chapel.|
He was born on Oct. 1, 1927, in Howard County, Texas and married Nellie Mae Moorhead on October 16, 1954. She was the love of his life for 61 years. He was a lifetime resident of Howard County. He was the youngest son of Hugh Smith Kerby and Edna Carter Kerby. He was a member of the Vincent Baptist Church. He played fast pitch softball for many years and mentored many young students on how to pitch and bat in his backyard as well as his own children. He loved to bowl for many years. He won many tournaments in the Champion Southwest Amateur Bowlers Association. His first perfect game of 300 was on Sept. 10, 1989.
He worked for Flemming Oil Company which later became Walsh and Watts Oil Company for 37 years.
He always had a garden. He built the Midway Beauty Shop and was always building and fixing everything. He built his own gas cement mixer and a tractor. If he needed it, he built it. For many, many years people would call on Leon.
He loved to go to his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids ballgames. Everyone, even coaches were thankful that he was always video tapinging the games.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Hugh S. and Edna Carter Kerby; four sisters; three brothers; many nieces and nephews; and one grandson: Wesley Kerby.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie Mae Kerby of Howard County; son, Troy Leon Kerby and his wife Cindy of Coahoma; daughter, Gayla Jane Coleman and her husband Reggie of Oklahoma City; his grandchildren, Hiliary Kolb and her husband Michael, Dana Lamon and her husband Jay, Misty Baker, Aaron Coleman and his wife Sarah, Angel Tschetter and her husband Mark, Blaine Kerby, Krista Carson and her husband Lee, Bryson Kerby and Nevaeh Kerby; and seven great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be William Latimer, Guy Hodnett, Blaine Kerby, Reggie Coleman, Craig Wallace, and Dicky Stone. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Morehead, Bryson Kerby, Glen Hughes, Steve Newton, and Ron Westbrook.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www. myersandsmith.com.
Published in Big Spring Herald on Jan. 15, 2016