Nathaniel (Sonny) Foote, Jr.
August 15, 1937 – August 6, 2019
Nathaniel (Sonny) Foote, Jr. age 81, of Turnersville, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at his home.
Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jon Crosby and Rev. Matt Dossey officiating. Burial will follow at Turnersville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sonny was born on August 15, 1937, at home, which was the same home-place where he passed away. He was the son of the late Nathaniel (Mud) Foote, Sr. and Mabel Pancake Foote. As a child, he joined the Unity Presbyterian Church in Turnersville. He attended grades first through twelve at Turnersville, graduating from Turnersville High School in 1955. He attended Texas A&M University but returned home to help his mother farm and ranch. As a young man, he enjoyed water skiing and fishing with his friends. He joined the Texas Army National Guard and was called to active duty, with the 949th Division at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. He married Paula Lightsey on August 14, 1965. They worked together, raising their sons, farming and ranching for 54 happy years.
As a farmer and rancher, he was a board member in numerous organizations: the ASCS Committee, Hamilton- Coryell Soil and Water Conservation District, Coryell County Farm Bureau and Federal Land Bank in Waco. He was also a member and former director of the Heart of Texas Electric Coop, trustee of Turnersville Cemetery Association and member of the Turnersville Presbyterian Church board. He worked to help fellow farmers and made many life-long friends. He also enjoyed working with the youth of his community by serving on the Coryell County Fair Board, where he helped to build the Coryell County Activities Complex. Sonny was a member of the Turnersville Baptist Church and Gatesville Masonic Lodge #197 A.F. & A.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Frances Cornelia Foote.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Foote and his sons, Than Foote and wife, Traci, Joe Foote and wife, Crystal; five grandchildren, Hallie Foote, Wade Foote, Bracy Foote, Truett Foote and Pate Foote.
Sonny loved his Lord, family, friends and the Foote Farm and Ranch, where he resided all of his life. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends, family and community.
Memorials may be directed to the Turnersville Presbyterian Church Restoration Fund, c/o Ed Leach, 2171 Hay Valley Rd., Gatesville, TX 76528 or charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank Dr. Spitzer, Dr. Phillips and the nurses of Goodall-Witcher Hospital and Clifton Medical Clinic, for their loving care throughout Sonny’s life.