Jimmy Wayne Heald
Jimmy Wayne Heald, born December 15, 1936, flew singing with the angels at sunrise to his heavenly home on November 8, 2019. He grew up on a farm. He taught himself how to play the guitar and he sang during school years. He participated in all athletic sports and graduated from Flower Grove High School with many friends. He and some of his friends formed a small music band during high school years for pastime. They won second place in the Area FFA contest.
While riding around the square with friends one Sunday afternoon, one of his friend’s girlfriend asked them to come to her church that night. So, Jimmy said that he would take them to Midway Baptist Church. There he met his future beloved wife, LaTrice. They were married there a year later on June 12, 1958.
Jimmy continued farming in the Flower Grove Community. He worked hard on the farm and loved the land. They joined a small church in the community where Jimmy led the singing and LaTrice played the piano. The church closed after several years. Then they joined First Baptist Church in Lamesa, where they taught Sunday School for several years. He served on the Flower Grove and Klondike School boards for several years. They shared a deep and sacred loved. Always together, side by side.
After the three boys finished high school, Jimmy and some friends connected in playing music together. He and LaTrice traveled for two decades to Bluegrass and Gospel Bluegrass music festivals. Making many friends, Jimmy was a kind, gentle and honest man who didn’t just read God’s word- he lived it. Jimmy prayed to God through his singing.
Jimmy is survived by his wife LaTrice; their sons Dennis Dwayne and wife, Susan and Steven Randall; nephews, Layne Heald, Lary Mayfield, and Gary Mayfield; niece, Carol Bedwell and husband, Randy; nieces, Charlotte Clemmer, Kitty Cannon and Margaret Long; great-niece, Shana Rodriguez; and other nieces and nephews. Grandchildren include, Lindsey Wallace and husband, Dan; Bryan Heald, Brandon Heald, Ashley Heald Hankins and husband, Shannen; Herschel and Amanda; Crystal Molina and husband, Justin; and Timothy and Myah. Great-grandchildren are Austin and Shawn Wallace; Taylor Rayne (named after Jimmy Wayne); and Zevin (named after his grandfather Kevin); Jude, Kyle and Marley.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Audie Heald; his son, Kevin Lance; brother, Gene Heald and wife, Betty; sister, Ophelia Mayfield and husband, Henry; niece Patti Branon and husband, Mike; niece, Joyce Carter and husband, Marvin, and their daughter, Sharla; Kevin Heald’s son, Paul, who served in Iraq for four years; and Susan Heald’s son, Marco.
Jimmy Wayne was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather who took care of all his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
The family suggests memorials to a charity of your choice. To send condolences online, please visit www.branonfuneralhome.com.
Visitation will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Branon Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Chaplin Josh Reglin officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson County Cemetery.
– Press-Reporter obituary services