Robert James Lord, age 86, of Cheapside died April 27, 2014.
He was the son of George Joseph Lord and Bessie Watson Lord. Bobbie attended the Cheapside School and graduated from Cuero High School before serving in the U. S. Army in Japan after World War II. Bobbie married the love of his life, Edna Ailene Purcell of Gonzales on July 18, 1952. Bobbie was a life-long fourth generation rancher and resident of Cheapside. He served the community as a long-time president and member of the Bellevue Cemetery Association and was a member and elder of the Cheapside Presbyterian Church. He was Gonzales County Outstanding Young Farmer, Area 7 and the Gonzales County Outstanding Soil Conservationist of 1959-1960. Bobbie served on the Board of Directors of the DeWitt County Electric Cooperative, Inc. from 1970 to 1980. Bobbie was a long-time member and former president of the Gonzales County Farm Bureau. He also had served as vice president of the Gonzales Independent Cattlemen’s Association. He had also been active in the DeWitt-Gonzales River Association and served on the Beef Cattle Committee and the Range and Pasture Committee for the Gonzales County Extension Service.
Bobbie loved his family and community, the outdoors, reading, and sweets. As a child, he often fished near Old Indianola. As he grew older, Bobbie often rode his horse through the pasture, checking the cattle and the land. At home, his wife learned to keep a close eye on him, as he had become an expert at sneaking cookie dough from her mixing bowl. When he was at home, he often had a book in hand, usually about history. He enjoyed listening to, and telling, good stories. Often, these stories revolved around his ancestors and the surrounding community. Many considered him a walking history book of his family and of Cheapside.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years; his siblings, Carl Thomas Lord and wife, Elizabeth, of Dallas, Sarah Elizabeth Lord Heather of Austin, brother-in-law, James Cockrum of Austin, and sister-in-law, Jimmie Lord of Colleyville; daughters, Donna Lord Sager and husband, John, of Waco, Janice Lord Barnes and husband, Albert, of Cheapside, and Connie Lord Barfield of Cheapside. He is also survived by grandchildren, Rebecca Sager and husband, Chris Crews, of New Mexico, Nicholas Sager and wife, Ashley, of USAF, Amanda Barnes of Cheapside, Travis Barnes of Cheapside, Brent Barfield of Iowa, and Jessica Barfield of Cuero, as well as 3 great-granddaughters, Addelyn Sager, Elizabeth Barfield, and Ella Barfield.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Lord Cockrum of Austin, and a brother, George Eugene Lord of Colleyville.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Services will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Lay Pastor Lizabeth Martinez officiating. Interment will follow at Bellevue Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Joe Charles Watson, Tommy Watson, Jim Watson, Robert Watson, Phil Breitschopf, and Steve Breitschopf; honorary pallbearer will be Pito Gonzales.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue Cemetery Association or the Cheapside Community Association, mail to 4114 CR 297, Cuero, TX; or to the Cheapside Church or the Lord Cemetery, mail to 602 W. Johnson St., Cuero, TX 77954.
Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.