Shellie Joe Fomby, 84, of Vidor, TX, passed from this life to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 29, 2023 in Beaumont, Texas from complications of COVID. Joe was born in Emmet Arkansas on March 2, 1938 to Shellie and Emma Fomby. He graduated from Center High School with his beloved class of 1956. He lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. He attended the University of Houston and Lamar University. In 1966 he began his banking career at Sabine Valley Savings and Loan as a bank teller then quickly was promoted to loan officer, appraiser, and vice president. He was also appointed to the board of directors. He was an original founder of Shelby Savings Bank as President. Later he teamed up with Farmers State Bank where he retired after many years as Vice President.
He served his community as Commissioner of Center Little League, President of Center Alumni Association, was elected Outstanding Young Man of the Year for the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Center Band Booster, President of the Center Noon Lions Club, served on the Center ISD School Board, Director of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
He was a faithful member of the Northside Church of Christ for many years until moving to Lake Murvual. He then served Northside Church of Christ in Carthage Texas until he moved to Vidor. He served at Northmain Church of Christ in Vidor until his passing.
Joe's smile will always be remembered as one of his greatest attributes.
Funeral services will be held at 9AM Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 5 - 7 PM at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Family burial will be immediately following at White Rock Cemetery in Center, TX. Thursday, February 2, from 5PM-7PM, Watson and Son Funeral Home of Center will host a visitation for all local friends and family. As per Joe’s request, in lieu of flowers please donate to the: Roughrider Foundation in the name of Joe and Nell Fomby. Mail your support to: Roughrider Foundation P.O. Box 152 Center, Texas 75935 Please write Joe Fomby on the “for line”
Joe is survived by his wife Mary Fomby Daughters: Angela Rowe; husband Robert Beth Harbison; husband Ricky Grandchildren: Bradley Andrews; wife Mindy Ashley Rowe; wife Alex Christi Dukes; husband R.T. Chelsea Oler; husband Blake Mickey Wiggins; wife Dacey Great GrandChildren: Lexi Perry; husband Daniel Eden Andrews Addison Rowe Reagan T. Dukes Kennedy Dukes Connor Andrews June Oler Calvin Oler Lincoln Dukes Rosie Dukes Great Great Grandchild Charlie Perry Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends who will miss him dearly.
Preceded in death by: His wife Nell Fomby, parents Shellie and Emma Fomby and brother, Roy Fomby. Pallbearers: Bradley Andrews Ashley Rowe RT Dukes Blake Oler Mickey Wiggins Reagan T. Dukes