Bobby Leo âB.L.â Finch, 85, of Sweeny passed away May 7, 2014. He was born in Houston, Texas, to Walter Lionel Finch and Hettie Mae Ellis Finch. He was a graduate of Bruni High School in Bruni, Texas, and attended A&I College in Kingsville, Texas, and Southwest Texas University in San Marcus, Texas.
Bobby spent his younger years working for Humble oil Company in South Texas. He married Mary Madelyne Patterson on Jan. 15, 1955, in Menard, Texas. They moved to Sweeny, Texas, in 1968 where he started his own business, Finch Water Well Service. Bobby was one of the very first certified water well drillers in the state of Texas. He remained active until his retirement in 2013. He also owned and operated B.L. Finch Oil Production Company in Boling, Texas. He loved to fish, hunt, cook and spend time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Madelyne Finch; daughter, Sandra Michelle Nelson and husband Phillip John âP.J.â; sons Robert Finch and John Finch and wife Vickie; sister, Shirley Mae Burgess; brother-in-law and friend for 61 years, Marvin Brown; grandchildren, Jordon Elizabeth Finch, Shelby Nicole Nelson, Philip John Nelson and Christian Cole Nelson .
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Bobby Leon Finch; and brothers-in-law, John Alger Burgess, James Patterson, David Patterson and Temon Patterson.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor who loved everyone unconditionally.
The family received friends and relatives May 9 at the funeral home. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Light House Church in West Columbia, Texas with Danny Johnson officiating. Interment is in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas. Pallbearers were Marvin Brown Jr., Tommy Starr, Rich Flora, Larry Davis, Phillip John âP.J.â Nelson and Philip Nelson. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Brown, Jimmy Heard, Alfred Davis, Jackie Moore, James V. Patterson, Billy Starr and Christian Nelson.
Memorials in his name may be made to Light House Christian Academy, 501 W. Brazos, West Columbia, Texas 77486 or National Parkinson Foundation; 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509; New York, NY 10018.