Alba Etie

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Alba "Bookie" Etie 88, of Conroe, Texas passed away peacefully at home February 25, 2014. He was born June 30, 1925 in Houston, Texas to Goldie Lucille and Alba Joseph Etie, Sr. He graduated from Lamar High School and married his high school sweetheart, Iris Herral on June 15, 1945. They were happily married for 56 years. Iris predeceased him in August 2002. He married May Stephens on February 14, 2004 and they were happily married 10 years. Family was the most important thing to Bookie and will be missed by his widow, May; son Mike and wife Cheryl Etie of Austin, Tx; son Alba III and wife Pam of Spicewood, TX; daughter, Nancy Etie Parsley and husband Gregg of The Woodlands, TX; grandchildren, Travis Etie and wife Jackie, Stephanie Etie, Allison Parsley, Christopher Parsley, Sara Parsley, Emma Corinne Parsley, and Taylor Parsley; also Great granddaughter, Iris Jean Etie; step-sons, Dennis Stephens and wife Caroline and Randy Stephens and 6 step grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Alba J. Etie, III; Travis Etie, Gregg Parsley, Christopher Parsley, Raymond Parsley and Clay Parsley. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lamar High School 41ers. "Bookie" served his country during WWII for three years in the Navy. He was an athlete and lettered at Lamar two years in 1940 and 1941, playing in the state semi-final football game; he played baseball at Texas A&M; football at Georgia Tech Pre-flight (Navy); and also played two years of professional baseball for a farm team of the Chicago Cubs in North Carolina, Kansas and Florida. He was Parks and Recreation Director for the twin cities of Texarkana, Texas-Texarkana, Arkansas after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State college of Louisiana in Natchitoches, LA. Bookie was a Bible scholar and a member and Sunday School teacher in various Protestant churches in his lifetime. In recent years, he was a member of First United Methodist Church in Conroe and an active member of the Pathfinders Sunday School Class. He worked for Humble Oil Co. as a roughneck in East Texas oilfields before moving to Houston and entering a career in Manufacturing Sales products, mostly related to the oil industry and highway construction. Even in semi-retirement he was productive with his own company-Herral Sales Company. He enjoyed his monthly luncheons with classmates from Lamar High School-41ers. He loved to hunt fish and play golf (proud of five "hole-in-ones") and was a member of River Plantation Country Club for many years after moving there in 1968. He was a sincere and funny man...in the truest sense. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to First United Methodist Church, 4308 West Davis Street, Conroe, Texas 77304, to be used for the Music Ministry. You are also invited to view our webpage and leave written condolences to the family by visiting www.cashnerconroe.com. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Conroe with Rev. Buddy Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, February 28, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Cashner Funeral Home.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Feb. 25 to Mar. 12, 2014
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