First United Methodist Church of Freeport
1600 W Broad St
Freeport, TX  77541
Saturday, June 4, 2022
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First United Methodist Church of Freeport
1600 W Broad St.
Freeport, TX  77541
Saturday, June 4, 2022
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Gary Roland Sizemore

of Jones Creek, TX

September 29, 1942 - May 24, 2022

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Gary was born on September 29, 1942 to Ruby (Crossley) and Carroll Sizemore in Spartanburg, South Carolina, residing in the neighboring town of Cowpens. After Gary graduated from Cowpens High School in 1960, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Machinist's Mate, where he served our country faithfully for 12 years aboard the USS America, the USS Beale and the USS Kitty Hawk, of which he became a plank owner.

Known as "Red" for his red hair and red Ford, Gary met Laura Mae Archer at the naval base in Key West, Florida whileserving as Military Police. Gary and Laura married in June 1969, moving to Jones Creek, Texas shortly after his discharge from the Navy and went on to have three wonderful children, Jacob, Erin and Nathan.

Gary joined the First United Methodist Church of Freeport with Laura in 1974 and served as mission coordinator, youth leader, Council on Ministries chairperson, Trustee, Board member and Head Usher. He also served as Messenger/ Babysitter/Cook Extraordinaire in support of his wife's many church and school activities.

After his naval service, Gary worked in the for Dow Chemical as a Critical Mechanical Analyst, devoting 25 years of service before retiring, for the first time. He went to work with RPM Services for another twenty years, during which time he traveled extensively as a consultant for industrial machines in Italy, Germany, Ireland, Brazil and the People's Republic of China.

Gary was passionate about machines, trucks, the Houston Astros and His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He felt true pride in our country, which he served faithfully and without reservation. But the joy of his heart was his loving wife and partner and their beloved children, including many fur babies. The whole family took many cross-country road trips, most of which were "Griswold"- like in nature.

Along with his family, Gary enjoyed a deep kinship with his former Navy shipmate, Howard Hewett and his wife Patsy, in addition to their three daughters, Laura Gray, Ashley and Georgianne, for whom Gary was godfather, lovingly known as "Gaga." The Sizemores were also "foster parents" to Jonathan Honeycutt, who served Gary faithfully in support of his many medical appointments and events. A friend to all, Gary willingly helped his neighbors, quickly becoming endeared through his loving heart for service, whether it be mowing the lawn, automotive fixes, encouraging neighborhood children or just shooting the breeze.

Gary was predeceased by his parents and his older brother, James Sizemore. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Laura and his youngest son Nathan; eldest son Jacob and wife Emilie (Fitzhugh); daughter Erin (Sizemore) and husband Michael Cravey, with their two sons, Jackson and Henry Cravey, who deeply loved their G-Pa; his sister Nancy (Sizemore) McDonald and her husband Michael; his sisters-in-law, Lucretia Sizemore (widow of James Sizemore), Jayne Parker (husband, Bill Parker), and Becky Sitten (husband, Tom Sitten; his brother-in-law John Archer (wife, Lisa Archer) and many beloved nieces, nephews, to whom he was simply known as "Unca Honey."

Services will be held at First United Methodist (1600 W Broad St, Freeport, TX 77541) on Saturday, June 4, 2022, with a public viewing beginning at 11:00am and service at 12:00pm. Please feel free to wear red, white and blue attire. In lieu of flowers, please consider a named donation in Gary's memory to First United Methodist. Gary will be laid to rest at a later date with military honors at Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

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6 Condolence(s)
Larry & Amnda Sims
Jones Creek, TX
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

God be with you

Billy and Aubrey
Palm Bay, FL
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Uncle Gary is one of the kindest men we have ever known his passing has left a big hole in both pur hearts and family. We send our love and heart felt condolences to the entire Sizemore clan and all who knew and loved this great man. You will be missed so very much on this earthly plane Uncle Gary, but we rejoice knowing that one day we will be united once again.

Jim Polasek
Lake Jackson, TX
Monday, May 30, 2022

I was sadden to hear of Gary's passing. We worked together at Dow for most of 30 years both during his time with Dow and as a contractor. He was very dedicated, knowledgeable, and always willing to pitch in when asked. A true pleasure to work with and to watch the love he exhibited when working on "his" machinery.

Unfortunately I will not be able to atend his service to pay my repects, so please accept my heartfelt condolences. Gary will always be remembered fondly from the hours & days we spent working together.

Jorge A. Soto
Jones Creek, TX
Monday, May 30, 2022

Sorry for your lost

Rosemarie Menendez-Ward
Seffner, FL
Friday, May 27, 2022

My sincere condolences to Laura Sizemore and the rest of the Sizemore family.
I know Gary will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

My love and prayers to all of Gary's loved ones.

Emilie Sizemore
Dickinson, TX
Friday, May 27, 2022

Gary was the best father-in-law a girl could have. He treated me like a daughter from day 1. Our relationship has been a blessing in my life for 20 years. He instilled so much of his values and moral code in his son and for that I'm forever grateful! In our last conversation, he said he wanted "to run wild and free" and I will forever think of him this way. We love and miss you, Gary! #runwildandfree