James Russell Lacy, Sr. , 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Crescent Heights Baptist Church with Reverends Rudy Fambrough and Russell Lacy officiating. Burial will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, Texas, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. Lacy was born February 28, 1918, in Sidney, Texas to James Bailey and Grace Knudson Lacy. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry during WWII, receiving two Purple Hearts. He had been a resident of Abilene since 1952. Mr. Lacy was a charter member at Crescent Heights Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years and a house-parent at Abilene Girls Home for 15 years.
Survivors include his son, James Russell Lacy, Jr. and wife, Sherrill of Portland, Oregon; four daughters, Margaret Ann Ellison of Abilene, Martha Sue Thompson and husband, Richard of McKinney, Jamie Estelle Breed of Abilene and Grace Elizabeth Chance and husband, Michael of Keller; a brother, John Edward Lacy and wife, Anita of Houston; 2 sisters-in-law, Anita Lacy of Garland and Chestine Lacy of Comanche; 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. James was also "dad" to many of the girls he and Grace cared for through the Abilene Girls Home.
Mr. Lacy was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Isham Lacy, parents, three brothers and three sisters.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 N. 12th Street.
"The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him." Proverbs 20:7
We, the children of James Lacy, wish to offer our sincerest gratitude for the many offerings of kindness, words of comfort, and personal stories that you have shared with our family. We treasure them all and know that we walk in blessing because of the Christian heritage given us by a man of great integrity, our daddy, James Russell Lacy, Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Harmony Family Services, P.O. Box 329, Abilene, Texas 79604.
Online condolences and guest book may be signed at www.abilenefuneralhome.com.
Published in Abilene Reporter-News on May 7, 2012