Al Kerby Sr., 81, of Bovina died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
He was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Amarillo. He married Jeanne Fredrick on Dec. 14, 1942, in Oakland, Calif. He moved to Bovina in 1947 from Amarillo. He was a blacksmith and a welder and served in World War II. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Bovina, serving as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He sang in the choir. Family members said he was instrumental in introducing pheasants to Parmer County. He loved to sing, play the fiddle, and most of all, loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Kerby.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Al kerby Jr. (and wife, Susan) of Bovina, a daughter, Paula Benton (Steve) of Muleshoe, a sister, Mary Beth Freudiger of Amarillo; three brothers, Ed Kerby of Portales, Bill Kerby of Aztec and Jack Kerby of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Herbert Bergstrom will officiate the services.
Burial will follow at Bovina Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 510 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.