I have fought the good fight, I have finished the coarse, I have kept the faith. In the future there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on that day; and not only to me but to all who have loved His appearing.
Robert Aaron Hambrick was born April 12, 1930 to Robert Elijah Hambrick and Ida Mae Davis Hambrick of Lufkin Texas. Robert graduated Valedictorian from Noshoba, Oklahoma High School where he was working as a foreman on a cattle ranch. He loved working cattle, rodeos, fishing, and hunting. He remained an avid fisherman and hunter throughout his life, killing his last deer at age 89.
Robert was a 65 year member of the Blue Lodge of Clinton DeWitt Masons of Jasper Texas and a 51 year service member of the Scottish Rite of Galveston TX.
Robert served in the US Airforce during the Korean Conflict, earning the rank of Staff Sargeant.
After returning home he met and married Mada E. Russell of La Porte, Texas. They moved to Texas City, Texas where he worked in the Petroleum Chemical Industry for 32 years and raised six children.
Robert accepted Jesus as his Savior at a young age and served his local church in various capacities. He volunteered to help in community projects, building churches in Texas. He loved singing and helping to lead choirs, as well as serving as Deacon. His consistent Bible study led him to teach generations of Bible classes until a stroke made it impossible to continue. Yet just a year ago, he would still volunteer as a greeter so that all who came to First Baptist Church, Willis Texas were greeted with a smile and a firm handshake.
Robert is survived by his wife, Mada Ernestine Russell Hambrick,
Children: Connie & Jay Anthony, Robert L Hambrick, Janice L Hambrick, Susan Rose Hambrick, Richard A & Gwen Hambrick, Jason W & Shannon Hambrick..
Grandchildren: Angela & David Keller, David & Leslie Harlton Tucker, Rachel & Jason Fogleman, Joseph Hambrick, B.Joel Hambrick, Aaron M Hambrick, Chris & Danielle Gibby, Jennifer Rose & Matt Shepherd, Sarah & Jacob Morales, Brian & JoAnna Hambrick, Katie & Joshua Holley., Steven & Cynthia Wagner, Wyatt Hambrick, Alysse Hambrick, and Taylor Hambrick.
Great Grandchildren: Theo, Victoria, Jade & Russell, Samantha, Jackson, Aiden, Madalyn, Alaina, Julianna, Sidney & Cody, Christi, Zachariah, Gavin, Ethan, Everett, Nolan, Blake Avery, Addison, Anthony.
Brothers: Newton Hambrick, Caroll Hambrick,
Sisters: Frankie Mae Capers and Margaret
Brother in law; Billy Turpin, Sisters in law; Doris Hambrick, Marilyn Hambrick
Numerous nephews and nieces.
Robert was predeceased by his parents, Brothers; Robert Junior Hambrick (LaNell), John C Hambrick, Sister, Marie Land (Don), Sisters in law, Johan Turpin, Wilsa Rose Russell, Rachel Hambrick, Sandra Hambrick, Brother in law; John L Russell, Son in law; Alan Gibby, and 7 nieces and nephews.
We are deeply thankful to God for Drs Gregg Hallbauer, OD and George Boyle, Cardiologist and their Teams who, due to their superior care, gave Robert many more years with his family than was ever expected.
We are equally thankful for Safiyyah, Sonya and Doris for wrapping yourselves around us in these last weeks.and the love and support of the entire staff of Elara Caring Hospice.
Robert's story is of a man known for his love of Jesus Christ, living his life as an example to his family, through his service to God, his church, his community and beyond. Equally known is the story of the woman walking by his side, hand in hand, serving along the way for 66 years.
2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourselves to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
A Memorial will be held Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Willis First Baptist Church at 1:00PM. A private visitation for family only will be at Noon.
The family request face mask to be worn upon entry and every where unless you are seated. They are also asking for social distancing to be observed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
First Baptist Church
12177 I-45 North
Willis TX 77318
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2021.