R. O. Ake was called home to be with the Lord, August 1, 2008, at 10:15 P.M. He was born October 3, 1931, in Sterling City, Texas. He moved to Mason County shortly thereafter and lived most of his life here, except for a few years he spent in California. He was the fourth child in family of seven. R.O. was a quite man, he loved his music, and he loved to sing to the Lord. He wrote songs, both lyrics and melodies.
I believe one of his greatest joys was the family reunion that is held each August. He brought his guitar and went to a place by himself and started playing. First, all the children gathered around him, and before long, most everyone else was gathered around him asking, "play this or that R.O.". Before he had finished playing he always gave a word on the Lord and played the songs he written to the Lord; and he always finished with "On the Wings of a Dove". I'm sure everyone in Texas has heard him play that song at one time or another.
When R. O. and Myrtle married he gained a wife and two children, Ray and Shirley Estes, which called him 'Papa". R.O. was a mechanic and in the last few years he loved to work on old tractors. Another hi-light in his life was winning third-place in the parade Round-Up Weekend, riding a tractor by Don Durflinger.
Loretta Stacy, his good friend since 1995 has enjoyed playing music and singing with him. Her husband, Robert, played harmonica with them until he passed on in 2005. Loretta did the singing without her favorite backup singer, R. O., Monday morning.
He was a great man, but what a hole he has left in our lives. He is preceded in death by: his parents, Rebuen (Cracker) and Mary (Capps) Ake, and sisters, Bonnie Sue Crouch and Lille Bell (Luw) Johnson.
He is survived by: his wife, Myrtle Ake, son, Roy Oscar Estes, daughter, Shirley May Clifton, brothers, Robert Ake and Reubin Ake, sisters, Billie Crouch and Bobbie Miller, three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held from 5-8 P.M., on Sunday, August 3, 2008, at Gentry Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., on Monday August 4, 2008, in the Gentry Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Gooch Cemetery.
We all rejoice for him as he walks into the Father's arms, and greets those that have gone before.
Services were entrusted to Gentry Funeral Home.