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Gerald Bryant McMath, age 92, of Sugarland, Texas, passed away on June 19, 2022. He was born on June 12, 1930, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Jack Hamilton and Mary Ellen Gay McMath.
Gerald was a kind, honest man, with an unshakable character defined by the things he treasured on this Earth. He believed in the Lord, hard work, and his family. Friends were welcomed by him without reservation his entire life; he opened his heart and fellowship to those in need. He was giving, not just to the causes he supported, and faith that he cherished; to Gerald giving meant giving, and there was little circumstance, time, or situation that could temper his inner desire to pour out the generosity that filled him. If there was a need, he was there. Everyone found in him a willing and faithful heart open to all who desired the faithfulness and care that Gerald had to offer.
On December 23, 1954, he married the love of his life, Bobbie; she would be at his side for the next 47 years. They attended church together, starting their relationship at a young adult’s event when she walked over to him and brought him a hot dog. Their courtship started there and blossomed into a sincere, wholehearted love that melded their hearts ever more with time. They began to build a life and family together, being blessed with their son, Dale, and daughter, Kathryn.
Gerald was a hardworking man, a draftsman by trade. His career started in Shreveport, Louisiana, but led him and his family to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma for many years. He was faithful throughout his life, teaching Sunday School and helping to build log churches in Colorado during family vacations.
His love of bass fishing and the scenery of Toledo Bend gave him a vision of a peaceful retirement with Bobbie. Upon retirement they moved to Jasper, designing and building the home that they would spend many years enjoying together. His retirement years were spent fishing, hunting, gardening, and enjoying the country life.
An avid sports devotee, the Dallas Cowboys were his team; from the beginning he supported and cheered them on. No matter what the season looked like, he was unshakeable in his support. His sense of humor was obvious, hilarious, and unique, to the degree that he himself did not realize how funny he was.
Upon losing his dearest Bobbie, Gerald moved later to be with his children in Sugar Land, Texas, where he would reside until the end of his journey on this Earth surrounded by the family he loved so much. The story of Gerald McMath is best told in the good name and legacy of love and generosity that he leaves on this Earth.
Left to honor his memory are his children, Dale McMath and wife, Sharon, of Missouri City, TX; Kathryn Garza of Missouri City, TX and her ex-husband Alfredo Garza; brother, Kent McMath and wife, JoNell; granddaughters, Bailey Kinser and husband, Crew; Gentry Latimer and husband, Brady; and Juliana Garza, who all held a special place in Papaw’s heart; great-grandchildren, Corbin Kinser, Landry Latimer, and Case Latimer; and a host of extended family, friends, and loved ones.
Preceding Gerald in death is his soulmate and wife, Bobbie Lee McMath; his parents; and brother, Jack “Bobby Jack” Hamilton McMath, Jr.
Visitation with family and friends will be from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2022, at Forest Oaks Funeral Home, LLC, 601 W. Gibson St., Jasper, TX 75951. Gerald’s life honoring service will begin at 1:00 p.m., also at the funeral home. A private family burial will follow later at Weeks Chapel Cemetery, Jasper, TX.