Gary Josey, CSM, USA (Ret.) age 80 of Waco, Texas, passed away on Saturday,
March 6, 2021,
will be held at Friday,
March 12, 2021
at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Crosby officiating. Burial with
Military Honors, will follow at WalkerCemetery in Ft.Hood.
He is survived by
his son, Chance Josey of Waco; daughter, Brandi
Stubbs of Round Rock; grandson, Tyler Stubbs and wife, Ana; grandson, Dalton
Stubbs and wife, Sierra; great grandchildren, Wesley and Ellie; as well as many
nieces and nephews.
Gary was born on June
in Iredell, Texas, to the late Jessie
Otto Josey and Burnece Irene Hodge. Gary grew up in Clifton, on Parks Ranch. He
was a star football player for CliftonHigh School where he was often
written about in newspaper articles in The Clifton Record. He was a member of
the ROTC and after graduation from high school in 1959,
he joined the Texas Army National Guard. He attended CiscoJunior College in Cisco, while
there he polished his boxing skills and won a Golden Glove in 1961. He married
Shirley Wittie and returned to Clifton and worked as a
lineman for Community Public Service Co. They soon started a family with son,
Chance born on Jan 23, 1968 and daughter,
Brandi born on April 4, 1969.
Gary was a dedicated
Soldier. He received his airborne wings on June
He went active duty Army in 1981, and quickly moved up in rank. He performed
many missions and was very well respected in the military. He was awarded many
medals and decorations during his service. He was Sergeant Major at The
Pentagon and after that assignment he returned to Austin, where he finished
his Army career. He retired with over 35 years of service. Traveling the globe,
he met and friended many, all of whom admired his
military dedication. After retirement he and Shirley returned to Waco. There, he raised
cattle where he could be overheard many times talking to them, and each one of
them had a name. He was beyond pleased when both of his grandsons joined the US
following in his footsteps earning his airborne wings in 2010.Gary proudly pinned Tyler at the ceremony. Gary was quiet and a man
of few words, but very well respected. His family was very important to him and
he enjoyed having everyone together. He loved camping, fishing, and was an avid
deer hunter. He enjoyed making wine from wild grapes he picked and sharing it
with friends and family. He was a “jack of all trades” and full of knowledge
and he passed that on to both of his children. He was known to many close to
him as Walmart. His grandson Tyler,
named him that and it stuck with everyone.
Gary was preceded in
death by his wife of 57 years, Shirley A. Josey on December
We will miss you, Walmart! You will be dancing with mom again in heaven.
online 9 Mar 2021 by Scott’s Funeral
Home, Gatesville, Texas.