Johnnie B. Weeks, 92, of Mesquite, formerly of Big Spring died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at her daughter Beth's home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Royce Clay and Rick Cunningham officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at the funeral home.
Johnnie was born in Bland Lake, San Augustine County, Texas, on Jan. 6, 1919, to John Benny and Mattie Beatrice Harris Bodine. She was a sixth-generation descendant of John Bodine, who settled in San Augustine in 1824 from Georgia. He was on the first muster — roll of the Republic of Texas and served with Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry on Lake Erie. He was shot and killed in 1839 near the Old Horton Mill during an argument over a piece of property by Alexander Horton.
Mrs. Weeks attended school in Geneva, Texas, where she was class president and valedictorian of her graduating Class of 1936. She was also a member of the Geneva Women’s basketball team who went to the state finals. She worked for many years in East Texas and along the Gulf Coast until she became tired of running from hurricanes and settled in Big Spring at the encouragement of her uncle and paternal grandparents.
Johnnie worked as a bookkeeper for Hemphill–Wells Company where she met George D. Weeks. They married March 22, 1947. In March of 1958 they left Hemphill–Wells and, along with brother-in–law Gilbert Gibbs, opened Gibbs & Weeks Men’s Store. They continued to run the family business for 30 years prior to selling it. They then had an advertising specialty company which they ran for approximately six more years prior to retiring.
Johnnie was a faithful member of the 14th & Main Church of Christ, served as president of the Women’s Credit Club and was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star. She was very involved in her children’s school and sport activities as well as being an accomplished seamstress and an excellent cook. Many summers were spent making jams, jellies and canning vegetables for the family.
A devoted mother, grandmother and wife, she was preceded in death by her husband, George D. Weeks in September of 2005, as well as her parents and one brother.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Cook of Mesquite; two sons, John D. Weeks and wife Cynthia and Donald R. Weeks and wife Joy, all of Big Spring; three granddaughters, Tatum Weeks of San Antonio, Whitney Weeks of Big Spring and Kendra Diaz and husband Sgt. Sloan Diaz of Lemon Grove, Calif.; a great-grandson, Jase Diaz; and a great-granddaughter, Caroline Diaz.
She is also survived by two sisters, Oleta Rule of Bland Lake and Tommie Lee Wright of Beaumont, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family suggests memorials be made to Howard College, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720; or to the Medina Children's Home, 21300 State Highway 16 N., Medina, Texas 78055.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com