Eliseo M. Gamboa, 82, of Big Spring, Texas died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Big Spring, Texas. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Brother Gabriel Garza officiating. Mr. Gamboa was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 71 years.
Mr. Gamboa was born on Aug. 26, 1932, in Eskota, Texas. He came to Big Spring in the early 1940s with his father Jose Gamboa and his mother Maria Gamboa. In 1951, he met and married Rosa Badillo, who became his beloved wife and closest friend for 60 years.
Mr. Gamboa grew up and he went to school in Big Spring. He worked for Seven Up Bottling Company for 21 years. He was always grateful to Mr. Luis Christian and his family for the help they provided in giving Mr. Gamboa a job and in this way helping him raise his own family.
Mr. Gamboa received training and in time was certified as a licensed massage therapist, and had a business, “Gamboa’s Office,” for many years in Big Spring. In 1957, Mr. Gamboa became a duly ordained minister of the gospel and served the East Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Big Spring for the rest of his life, 56 years.
His interest was in his God Jehovah, God’s son Jesus Christ, God’s promised kingdom, his family and the congregation of his spiritual brothers and sisters. He lived a life of service.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosa Gamboa; one daughter whom he loved very very much, Mary Perez and husband Roy; three sons, Samuel and his wife Nancy, Noe Santiago, Eliseo Jr. and his wife Mary; two granddaughters, Ivory Mize and husband Jason from Big Spring, and April Reech and husband Michael from Baton Rouge, La.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Gamboa, and his mother, Maria Gamboa; and a sister, Selia Jackson.
Controlling the clouds was the man I call Dad. The only one I want. The only one I have. I hope to say: “We will never be apart”. But I know it is time, for this thought, to enter my heart. Though of this, I cannot control myself nor my thoughts. I do not look up, to a heaven of clouds and await, for anything other, than an answer to a prayer. “Of Father, Jehovah, of him, please do care.”
I see him in rebirth, on a planet called Earth. I see him with his Mother and oh, so many, many others. I remember the man that by Jesus did die. He was promised a paradise and his Father doesn’t lie. With a blink of an eye, and a strong willing faith, I too, take this to heart, if My Dad did depart. Death does not pull us apart, but puts us in Our Loving Father’s Hand. Who can control the events of any man? We belong to a God of the living and with him is our abode. My Abuelo, my Dad, lives on in my heart and he will never leave my world.—Mary Perez
The family suggests memorials be made to East Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses,1411 South Scurry Street, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com