Horace M. Jeter
Obituary for Horace Jeter:
A celebration of life for Horace Jeter, age 95, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Enid, will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Lance Nelson officiating. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Enid Cemetery.
Horace was born January 15, 1920 in Mountaincrest, Arkansas, to John Ernest Jeter and Callie A. (King) Jeter. He attended schools in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1944 he was drafted into the Army and served until 1945 as Staff Sgt. and Squad Leader of Company L, 346th Infantry including the “Battle of the Bulge” in World War II. He also served in the USAF in the reserves and on active duty in the 1950s at Vance Air Force Base in Enid.
Horace owned and operated an automotive repair business in Enid for more that forty years before retiring, after which he and Lois moved to Texas to be close to their sons and their families in Brenham and Austin.
As an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Enid for many years he helped maintain and drive the Kiawanatrain at Meadowlake Park.
He was a devout Christian and faithful member of the Central Assembly of God Church in Enid and later the First Christian Church of Brenham, Texas where his son Gary was Pastor.
On January 15, 1938 in a ceremony in Enid, officiated by Rev. John E. Jeter, he married Lois Adriene Young. They raised two children, John L. and Gary L. who attended Enid Schools.
Horace was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, siblings John Clark, Ernestine, Louise and Hugh, by his daughters-in-law Mary Jeter and Judy Jeter, and son Gary. He is survived by his son John and wife Carolyn of Austin, his Daughter-in law Darlene Jeter, and his brothers David of Enid and Dwight of San Antonio. He leaves, six grand children, fourteen great grandchildren and two great-great grand children all living in Texas, many nieces and nephews and numerous friends in Enid and Brenham.
Memorial donations may be made to Central Assembly of God Church in Enid or the First Christian Church in Brenham, TX
Online condolences may be made at www.ladusauevans.com .
One of Horace’s favorite past times was playing music, old hymns and choruses. Below is a video I recently found capturing Horace playing our old (out of tune!) upright piano on my 46th birthday party in Brenham, TX. He mentions getting his daily therapy, but it was more than just therapy for him.
In the assisted living center he lived in he commented several times about how many living there seemed like they were just waiting to die. So he began playing the piano in the community room on a daily basis. Everyone would be sitting around in the different areas staring into space with few conversations going on. He would go over to the piano, sit down and start playing an old hymn and after a few minutes, when he would look around a crowd had gathered around, listening to and enjoying the songs. He continued to spread the light of Christ until he was called home.
Below is a quick video of Horace’s speaking to Jaclyn Joy Jeter on April 5, 2010 after her baptism at First Christian Church in Brenham, TX. Horace shares a few words of wisdom for everyone.