obit: Moody Raty Faust - mom Maresh
Funeral services for Moody Ray Faust, 84, of Snook, are set for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012 from Snook Brethren Church with Rev. Joseph J. Polasek officiating. Interment will follow in Snook Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012, with the family present, at Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville. Mr. Faust died Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Magnified Health & Rehab in College Station.
Moody Ray Faust was born November 11, 1927 in the New Tabor community. His parents were Frank and Frances (Maresh) Faust. Moody was the fourth child of eight children. He first attended school at the Liberty School in Cooks Point until his family moved to the Brazos Bottom in 1939 to the then Joe Surovik Farm. He then went to school in Snook where he completed the 10th grade. Moody was needed at home to help with farming chores and the only time he was able to go to school was when it rained or it was too wet to work the land in winter time. At those times, they had to walk through muddy fields 3 to 4 miles to catch the bus. Since he was not going regularly to school, he fell behind in his lessons and was held back, so he decided to quit school. After some time he got a job as a ranch hand (better known as a cowboy) with the Smith Brothers in the Brazos Bottom. That was the job he seemed to love the most – working at different ranches with cattle.
On February 19, 1953, he married Lydia Mae Vajdak at the Caldwell Brethren Parsonage by Rev. Henry Beseda, Sr. They lived on the Smith Ranch for about 2 years then they moved to Clay where he worked for his father-in-law, Henry Vajdak for 2 years. They decided to buy a place of their own here in Snook where they have resided now for over 55 years. During this time Moody farmed cotton and grew feed crops. After losing his crops to flooding several times, he went back to raising cattle and building fences for people. He also spent several years working for Charlie Sebesta at his furniture store and also helped him tend to his cattle operation.
Moody always worked hard at whatever he did. He loved his children and grandchildren. He loved to take them to the pasture to feed the cattle or go fishing in the ponds. There was always a time for fun and a little mischief when Moody was with his grandchildren. His family was important to him and he always encouraged his children to work hard at whatever they were involved in.
In 1999, Moody and Lydia Mae were crowned King and Queen of the Kolache Festival and he was also selected Senior Citizen of Burleson County in 2001. Moody served several years as the City Marshall when Snook was organized as a city and also served on the City Council. He was the Burleson County Constable for Precinct 2 for 16 years. Moody was a member of SPJST for the majority of his life.
He was baptized on January 28, 1928 at the New Tabor Brethren Church by Rev. Motycka. Moody was confirmed in 1948 at the Snook Brethren Church. He was faithful in the worship of his Lord. He was very involved in his church, having served as an Elder for many years. Not only did he attend Sunday school regularly, he also taught Sunday school classes. Moody taught his children that Sunday was the Lord's Day and they were to respect their time for worshiping.
Moody was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Frances (Maresh) Faust, son Bobby Ray, infant son, Moody John, brothers, Franklin, Marvin, Alvin, Ed Louis and Leo, and sister, Dorothy Wilha.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lydia Faust of Snook; daughter, Melinda and husband, Mike Wilson of Centerville; and sons, Bruce and wife, Tammy Faust, and James and wife, Stefani Faust, all of Snook; thirteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, along with his sister, Judy Pittenger of Graham, Washington; his sisters-in-law, Margie Faust of Somerville, Nancy Faust of Somerville and Tammy Faust; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Snook Brethren Church or to the Snook Cemetery Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville. We invite you to visit our website at www.stricklandfuneralhomes.com and sign the online register book and leave a note or share a memory with Moody Faust's family.
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