Thelbert Bum Washington, Jr.

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Thelbert Bum Washington, Jr., 68 of Woodway passed away on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Visitation: Friday, November 6, 2015 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Wacom TX 76708

Homegoing Celebration: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1:00PM at Greater Waco Baptist Church, 912 East Loop 340, Waco, Texas 76705 with pallbearers, Gregory Parks, Jr., Thomas Segrest, Shon Washington-Segrest, Taurus Lang, Willie Roy Favors, and Jerry Carroll.

Interment: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 11:00AM Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen where the United States Air Force Honor Guard will perform military honors. Honorary pallbearers are Thelbert’s brothers, Clyde Washington, Willie Washington, Randy Washington, Charles Washington, Elgin Washington and Darron Washington.

Thelbert was born in Coolidge, Texas on November 16, 1946 to the late Thelma Bum, Sr. and Dorothy Taulton Washington. Graduating from Coolidge Community High School in 1965, Thelbert decided he wanted to serve his country during the Vietnam War by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He served his country honorably for over 22 years as an aircraft mechanic and a document specialist clerk, retiring in 1989 as a Master Sergeant. During his active duty career, Thelbert traveled the world and lived in Germany, England, the state of Idaho and back to Texas in Abilene. Thelbert married the love of his life, Claranesse Carroll in Groesbeck, Texas on November 13, 1970. Thelbert achieved his Bachelor’s Degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1995. Thelbert and Claranesse moved to the Waco area in 1994 from Abilene. Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX being their last duty station, they were active members of Faith Baptist Church and transferred by letter to Greater Waco Baptist Church. Thelbert was a beloved member of the church and especially enjoyed his work with the children’s ministry. In his younger years, he enjoyed a good game of racquetball, and going fishing to any fishing hole large or small. Thelbert was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, watching faithfully and cheering them on in the good games and the bad games. Thelbert is preceded in death by his parents, Bum and Dorothy Washington, Sr.; and his brothers, Joe Washington and Larry Washington.

Thelbert leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of over 44 years, Claranesse Washington of Woodway; his four daughters, Constance Pennon and her husband Alvin of Childress, Veronica Washington-Parks and her husband Gregory of Cibolo, Twala Washington-Segrest and her husband Thomas of Leander, and Pamela Washington-Payten of Dallas; his siblings, Clyde Washington, Willie Washington, Randy Washington, Charles Washington, Elgin Washington, Darron Washington and Veronica Washington; his six grandchildren, Keneshia, Brianna, Shon, Jeromy, Trinity, and Jerimyah ; one great grandchild, Tykeysheun; along with a host of other loving family members and friends.

Memorial donations in Thelbert’s name are requested to Greater Waco Baptist Church, c/o The Pat Adams Memorial Fund, 912 East Loop 340, Waco, Texas 76705.


Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

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Condolence Messages

  1. The best neighbor anyone could ever ask for.
    Rest in peace Thelbert my wonderful friend and thank you for serving our country for 22 plus years.
    Clare we love you and will look after you.

    Andy & Terri Williams

  2. May God give you all peace knowing your dad is with the Father Almighty.

  3. I just want to offer my sincerest condolences to the family. I am a member of Bethsaida Baptist Church and a friend of the Favors family. My heart is deeply saddened at the loss of your loved one, but I know that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Be encouraged and continue to look to the hills, for weeping may endure for night, but just hang on, joy is coming.

    be blessed,
    Corlis Calvin

  4. May God continue blessing the family

  5. Jacqueline Medlock, Debra Latin

    In sympathy on the passing of cuz Thelbert (“Bum, Jr”). Our prayers are for Clara and the entire family, prayers for comfort and peace.

    Debra and Jackie

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