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Anita K. Crockett
December 11, 1925 ~ August 27, 2018 (age 92)
Anita King Crockett, 92, of Bryan, met her Lord and Savior face to face on Monday, August 27, 2018. We will rejoice with a Celebration Service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2018, with a Celebration of Life reception and viewing from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. preceding the service at Hiller Funeral Home in Bryan. Pastor Jonathan Poe of Sky Break Church will officiate the services.
Anita was born on December 11, 1925, to Howard and Mabel Fokes King in San Marcos, Texas. Anita was the youngest of two sisters and grew up in San Marcos with her sister Mabel. They both had a great passion for music and pursued Master of Arts degrees at Southwest Texas State University. While in college they worked at the family owned soda shop located on the square to help pay for their education.
Her first teaching position was in Odessa, Texas, where she taught for 10 years and met her husband Billy F. Crockett. The couple was married on August 14, 1952.
By 1959 the couple had moved to Cameron, Texas, where they owned a Whites Auto Store. Anita taught music at the elementary school and welcomed both daughters to their family while living in Cameron. Of course, Anita insisted on sharing music with her family, teaching all of them and spending holidays gathered around the piano, singing.
The family moved to Bryan in 1967, and Anita accepted a music teaching position with Bryan ISD. She retired after more than 20 years of service. She taught hundreds of Bryan students music at many of the schools with Crockett Elementary being the school she was always primarily positioned. Anita was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bryan and belonged to the 2 by 2 Sunday school class, where she was an accompanist as well as organist for night church services.
After retiring, Anita continued to share her passion for music by teaching private piano and voice lessons. Anita has several students who went on to sing professionally. During her retirement years, Anita played and sang in the Sentimental Journey Band during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The 5-piece band played in retirement centers, town halls and other small gatherings until they could no longer drive or load equipment. Anita, though in her 90’s could still sing, play and remember the words without music. She would often be seen moving her fingers in her sleep.
Anita was Golden, an example of a loving mother, wife, and Grandmother. She was devoted to her faith and love of music - she was full of joy until the end because there was always a song to sing and music to share. She now sings in heaven making a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Bill and Anita were married 56 years sharing a loving relationship and raising their family of two daughters and 5 grandchildren. These include two daughters and son-in-law, Lori and Rusty Pfeffer and Marietta Henley; five grandchildren: Tiffany, Cody and Robby Henley and Jessica and Jordyn Pfeffer.
The family would like to thank the B-CS Angels, Amanda Botkin, Grace Place, and Tiffany Brinkman for the impeccable care, hospitality and love given to this wonderful lady.
We long for the day Mom, when we see you again…. and you can bet we will join you singing and making beautiful music at the feet of Jesus! We love you and will miss you dearly until we meet again.