Joretta “Jody” Lockaby, born June 17, 1942, went to sleep with the angels on February 3 after falling ill in November. Jody loved good music and adored Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley. She went many times from honky tonks to concert halls to see them live.
Jody loved to travel the world between the covers of a good book, to sew, cook, work in the yard, and could bring a flute to life. There just wasn’t much she couldn’t do if she decided to do it.
Jody enjoyed storytelling and a good joke or two. She was just plain silly for Boston Terriers. One thing is for certain, you could never win an argument, and she didn’t suffer fools well, but she was a lot of fun.
Jody worked for Cole Title for over 25 years and could recite land records from memory back to sovereignty which represented much of the history of Fannin County, Texas and stories long since forgotten. She also assisted Sanderson Surveyors. She was a graduate of Denison High School and attended Grayson County Junior College.
Jody was among the first to see a need for a safe place for women facing sexual assault and domestic violence to find safety and support for themselves and their children. She was instrumental in creating what is now known as the Fannin County Family Crisis Center.
Jody lived life her own way, in her own lane, with more courage and heart than many will ever know.
More than anything, Jody loved her family and caring for them. She is survived by her daughters, Jo Anna Stenzel of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada and Jennifer Cooper of Bonham, stepdaughters Kim Lockaby Corzine, Sherry Lockaby Edwards, and Terry Lockaby Lawson of Bonham, granddaughter Ashley Martin and son Wyatt of Bonham, step-granddaughter Chelsea Stenzel Tedrick and children Mateo and Addy of Nampa, Idaho, sister Charlotte Watson of Mt. Kisco, New York, and brother Charles “Buddy” Watson of Colorado. Jody is predeceased by son James “Jim” Thrasher, mother Bennie Watson Huddleston, great aunt Ruby Richardson, and grandmother and matriarch of the family Beulah G. Johnson.
Memories of Jody’s wit and wisdom, smile, laughter, twinkling eyes, and buttermilk pie will live on. There is no planned memorial service at this time. Contributions in her memory may be directed to the Fannin County Family Crisis Center, Gober Cemetery Foundation, or Willow Wild Cemetery Foundation.
The family would like to acknowledge that many have suffered a significant loss over this last year. May we all find comfort in the end of suffering and find joy through an unbreakable bond of love with those who’ve gone Home.