Tolbert W. Nash, Jr., born September 26, 1926, in Leona, Texas, was the only child of Tolbert W. Nash & Elizabeth (Leathers) Nash. Tolbert graduated from Leona High School in 1944, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1950.
In 1951, he married Jennie Marie Clute of Madisonville, Texas, and they lived in Leona farming, ranching and operating a general merchandise store. Tolbert & Marie moved to Huntsville in 1959 when Tolbert went to work at Huntsville National Bank until 1979. They returned to Leona where he was once again involved in ranching, a member of the Leona Volunteer Fire Department and served as the City Treasurer.
Tolbert always had a knack for making old things new again. He and his son, Tolbert, III “Tol” built a trailer and restored old family items. Their last project was restoring a Ford Bronco. Unfortunately Tolbert wasn’t able to see it finished, but Tol will finish it for him.
Tolbert was born in the home he lived in until he was hospitalized.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Jennie Marie Nash of Leona; son & daughter-in-law, Tolbert, III & Cay (Cannon) Nash of Huntsville; granddaughter, Rebecca Nash of Huntsville; grandson, Parker Nash & wife, Yuliya of Pflugerville and two great-grandsons, Will & Danya, who always brought Tolbert a big smile.
The Nash family would like to thank the staff of Madisonville Care Center and CHI Madison St. Joseph Health Center for the loving care given to Tolbert.
Funeral services for Tolbert were held 1 P.M., Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Pastor Mark Grey of Life Church in Leona, Texas, and James Nash officiated the service. Interment with memorial honors provided by the U.S. Navy followed in Leona Cemetery in Leona, Texas.
Pallbearers: Parker Nash, Charles Nash, Jim Nash, Jamie Clute, Ken Leathers, David Bowles
Honorary Pallbearers: T.W. Carpenter, Sonny Dean, James Nash, Bubba Oden, Les Rush, Jim Miles
In lieu of flowers, the Nash family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to the Sam Houston State Rodeo Team, Department of Agricultural Services, P.O. box 2088, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2088; Life Church, 477 FM 977 West, Leona, Texas 75850 or South Central Texas Rodeo, P.O. Box 882, Elgin, Texas 78621.
Arrangements were under the direction of Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. www.waltersfuneralhome.com