Jack Dudley Felps was born November 28, 1939 to Wiley Alonzo Felps and Louella Barder in their home on Cottonwood Road, west of Blanco. Jack spent most of his childhood working in the fields, fishing and hunting on the banks of the Blanco River with his brothers and sister. He attended Blanco ISD for 12 years and graduated in 1958. He enjoyed sports and participated in football and baseball. After graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Lenona Andrea Neill Felps, on January 31, 1959. After working in construction with his dad, Jack took over the business and started his family. He was blessed with two sons Kirk Lacy and Colby Ray.
Jack was dedicated to his family and extremely active in his community as a young adult and until his death. He served numerous years on many committees. He was a deacon in the Church of Christ, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, coached little league baseball, served on the Blanco ISD School Board. As an avid Panther fan, he ran the chains at home football games for over 30 years. He served on the Blanco County Appraisal District, EMS board and the Blanco National Bank Board of Directors. Jack was also a member of the Blanco Bowling Alley 5 a.m. domino club.
More than anything Jack was an outdoorsman. He loved being with his family, hiking or hunting in the mountains, fishing at the cabin in the flats at the land-cut catching the big reds, enjoying bluegrass music in the hills of Kentucky, spending time at the ranch or just sitting, eating Lenona’s homemade cherry nut ice cream, watching the grandkids swim.
Jack Felps was a man of his word. Hard work and honesty was the code by which he lived and the legacy he will leave behind. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, sometimes a worthy adversary if there was competition involved, a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Louella. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lenona. He is also survived by his sons Kirk and wife Sheila, Colby and wife Natalie, six grandchildren, Calen, Ky, Kendall, Cade, Cassidy and Kinley. He is also survived by his brothers, Roger “Buddles” (Norma Jean) Felps of Blanco, Donald (Lou) Felps of Johnson City, and sister, Nancy Ann (Vic) Houle of Round Rock, Texas. He is also survived by numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jack’s smile, contagious laugh, love of storytelling and sense of humor will be missed but the memories made will be cherished forever.
Pallbearers will be; Kenny Moore, Lee Caige, David Behrends, Todd Mabry, Jimmy Latham, Kent Webber and Mark Tidwell.
The family request memorials be made to Blanco EMS, Sunny Glen Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, TX 78586, or Arms of Hope (Medina Campus), 21300 State Highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055
Visitation was 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday January 24th at Crofts-Crow Funeral Home in Blanco. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Friday January 25, 2013 at the Blanco Church of Christ, 102 Main St., Blanco, TX. Interment followed in the Blanco Cemetery.