Aaron Lloyd Rushing
Aaron Lloyd Rushing of Texas City passed away on September 13th, 2014, following complications from a fall. He is survived by loving wife of fifty-nine years, Nina Nisbet Rushing; daughter, Susan Rushing Henry and husband Mike of Wimberley TX, granddaughter, Amanda Henry; grandsons, Jason and Joshua Henry, all of Kyle TX, and son, Todd Rushing and wife Christy of Texas City; sister, Patsy Hawkins of Bossier City LA, and brothers, Ray and Murray Rushing, of Bossier City, LA.
He is preceded in death by parents, Emory and Maudis Smith Rushing and sisters, Peggy Barker and Kay McGraw.
Lloyd was born in NatchitochesParish, LA and worked for American Oil Company in Texas City in 1957 and again in 1967. He worked there until he was 57 years old. The years between 1957 and 1967 he lived and worked in Homer LA, and delivered goods for Homer Tobacco Candy and Drug Co. Lloyd enjoyed most the visits with each business owner that he delivered to in the rural areas and small towns around Homer. He often fished and boated in the nearby lakes. Leaving Homer meant he would leave a great many friends and family but moving to Texas City gave him a better career.
After retiring, Lloyd had a temporary job in Monaco, PA and lived there for one year with Nina. They spent his time off going to all of the local tourist and historical sites that they could. Lloyd and Nina purchased a truck and fifth wheel travel trailer and had a number of adventures as they traveled around, exploring and experiencing became their goals. They visited churches all around the country and especially enjoyed spending time in Ohio with the Amish families who would share their food and recipes and traditions with them. After a time the travel trailer was sold but the traveling continued. They returned to the peacefulness and joy of the Amish community in Ohio several more times.
Lloyd had enjoyed gardening while in Homer and the opportunity to have a small garden next to his home in Texas City became his passion. He grew tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, okra, and a plethora of other vegetables. He was able to dine on the fruits of his labors year round with the help of Nina, but always had an over-abundance of produce to share with anyone who wanted some. Many friends also enjoyed the vegetables that were produced from the garden and eagerly anticipated the next growing season. He became a regular at the feed store where he bought his seeds and fertilizer and even shared the prizes from the garden with the employees there as often as possible.
Lloyd was a social man who never met a stranger. He was always willing to share a smile and a story with anyone he met. He became a regular attendee at the morning Whataburger coffee group. After early coffee with Nina, he headed to Whataburger to exchange opinions and jokes and commentary with a dedicated group of friends. He visited with them often even after he left the coffee time and shared vegetables with the them often in exchange for their fruits or other items.
Lloyd was a born-again Christian and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church. Unless he and Nina were traveling, if the doors were open to the Church, Lloyd was there. He loved all the members and took great pleasure in greeting each young boy with a handshake, teaching them to be confident and friendly. Socials at the Church were a joy and each dish prepared by Nina was the pride of his life. Lloyd was studious and reverent when appropriate but greatly enjoyed visiting with each member, sharing also from his garden with many of the members.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Jason and Joshua Henry, Whataburger Coffee Club members JD Graham, Dan Baker, Carroll Perry, Linus Spear, Ed Staggs, Jay Campbell, Phil Osburn, Charlie Rhoden, Bobby McKee, Leo Belk, Wayne Wainscott, and Bob Grove.
Your guests are invited to share in the Celebration of Life Visitation for Mr. Aaron Lloyd Rushing from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 15th, 2014 at Carnes Funeral Home -Texas City, TX, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, Texas 77591.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 16th at Trinity Baptist Church, 2220 29th Street North, Texas City, Texas. Interment will follow at Forest Park- East in Webster, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Missions, 2220 29th Street North, Texas City TX 77590.