|Birth Date: Jan. 5, 1925||Birth Date: Oct. 17, 1927|
|Death Date: Mar. 12, 1999||Death Date: Feb. 10, 1999|
Jack L. Brixey was born Jan. 5, 1925, at Burkburnett, the second child of Leonard Earl and Maudie Lou (Jordan) Brixey. Shortly after his birth, the family, which included an older sister, Tessibel Bernice, moved to Wichita Falls. There a younger sister, Beatrice Azalea, was born. The family then moved to Weslaco where Jack started to school. The Brixeys lived in Weslaco until they moved to a farm north of Crosbyton in 1935, in 1937 they moved to Electra where they stayed one year, then returned to Wichita Falls. Jack graduated from high school there in 1942. In the summer of 1942 they moved back to Crosby Co. and lived just east of the Crosbyton city limits where Jack helped his father farm.
In the summer of 1943 Jack met Doral Fowler, daughter of Ralph Elmer and Jewel (Oden) Fowler, and they were married March 21, 1944. Jack was inducted into the Navy June 1, 1944. Basic training was in San Diego and was followed by amphibious training at Cornado, CA. He boarded the U.S.S. Wyandot AKA 92, a cargo ship, Oct. 4, 1944; went to Hawaii, on to Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands and to Guam, where they discharged cargo. The ship then returned to Hawaii to load on more cargo, then proceeded to Eniwetok, Caroline Island, Palau Island and the Philippine Islands. The Wyandot was hit March 29, 1945, about 20 miles off Kerama Retta by a bomb dropped from a Japanese "Kate." Under heroic efforts they were able to stay afloat and were towed by amphibious boats to Kerama Kaikyo where temporary repairs were made. At less than half speed and under constant Japanese air attack they went on to Okinawa and discharged 85% of their original cargo load, which included a complete field hospital in addition to general combat gear. They made a stop at Ulethi and Hawaii on their way back to San Francisco, still going less than half speed due to the lowered position in the water.
Jack was granted a leave when they arrived at the States and went home to see his family, which included a son he had never seen. Kenneth Ray had been born Feb. 1945.
July 6, 1945, Jack reported back on the repaired Wyandot and sailed to Hawaii. There he was transferred to the U.S.S. Particutin, an ammunition ship. On leaving Hawaii they sailed to the Marshall Islands, Guam, then down below the equator to the Admiralty Islands. It was here he had Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Particutin in 1945. They then traveled to Seattle, WA, where Jack received his honorable discharge the first of Feb., 1946.
In March, 1946, Jack, Doral and Kenneth moved to the Love place, one mile north of Big Four school. He farmed that place, the Ralph Fowler home place, and went to veterans´ agricultural school. It was here the second child was born, a girl, Shirley Judean "Judy". In the fall, 1949, an irrigation well was dug on the Ralph Fowler place and a new house was built for the Brixey family. On May 11, 1953, a son, Dennis Jack, was born. He died Apr. 22, 1958, in an accident on the farm. Elmer Earl "Buddy", the fourth child was born in 1955. In the fall of 1958 Jack opened an auto repair shop in Crosbyton, which he operated for several years. In 1963, due to his health, he gave up farming and moved into Crosbyton where he and Doral made their home.
Kenneth Ray Brixey married Janice Gayle Ausmus, daughter of Clyde and Helen Ausmus, and they live in Kleberg where he works for Bell Telphone Co. They have two children.
Judy married Larry Glen McCurdy, son of Rudolph and Iva McCurdy, and they live in Lubbock where he has a Borden´s milk route. They have three children.
Buddy graduated from Texas Tech in 1977 and lives in Lubbock.
(written by Doral Brixey)
Source : Crosby County History Book 1876-1977
CROSBYTON (Special) - Services for Doral Brixey, 71, of Crosbyton will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church with Lester Griffin, pastor, officiating. Larry Yowell will assist.
Burial will be in Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home.
She died Feb. 10, 1999.
She was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Crosbyton. She married Jack Brixey on March 21, 1944, in Crosbyton. She was a member of Crosbyton First Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She was a florist, and she worked in several flower shops. She opened Doral´s Flower Shop in 1982, and she retired in 1996. She attended Big Four and Crosbyton schools. She and her husband lived and farmed in the Big Four community until 1963, when they moved to Crosbyton. Two sons, Dennis Jack and Buddy, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Kenneth Ray of Coleman; a daughter, Shirley Judean "Judy" McCurdy of Lubbock; a sister, Quita Powell of Ralls; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Thursday, February 11, 1999
Services for Jack Brixey, 74, of Crosbyton were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 14, 1999, at Crosbyton First Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Hawkins of Lubbock officiating.
Burial was in Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.
He died Mar. 12, 1999, at his Lubbock residence. He was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Burkburnett. He married Doral Fowler on Mar. 21, 1944, in Crosbyton. She died Feb. 10, 1999.
He was a member of Crosbyton First Baptist Church. He was a farmer. He served in the Navy during WWII. He moved to Crosbyton in 1942. He was retired from the Crosby County Fuel Assn. as a parts man, and he was formerly co-owner of Doral´s House of Flowers in Crosbyton.
Survivors include: one son, Kenneth Ray Brixey of Coleman; one daughter, Judy McCurdy of Lubbock; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.
Source: The Crosby County News and Chronicle, Friday, March 19, 1999
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