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Theda Kornegay

July 6, 1920 — September 21, 2020

Theda Margaret Kornegay, 100, passed away Monday, September 21, 2020.

Graveside services will be held in the IOOF Cemetery in Hamilton, Texas, on Thursday, limited to immediate family only.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Benbrook United Methodist Church, 1122 Bryant St., Benbrook 76126, where she was a member.

Theda was born July 6, 1920 in Cross Plains, Texas. She grew up in Burkett and graduated Valedictorian of her high school class, and was a star basketball player there. Her extended family all lived in Burkett. Many within walking distance of her house. She spent a lot of time with her Granny Harris and her aunts and uncles. Her father owned the filling station in Burkett. Every morning the aunts had coffee and homemade teacakes together. Things were much more simple then. West Texas was known for their tornadoes. Many a time they would watch the clouds and go to the cellar during storms. They washed clothes on a rubboard and then a wringer washer. They grew their own garden and had a water well on the front porch. And yes, an outhouse out back.

After graduating high school, she married her high school sweetheart, Fred Klutts. They lived on farms in the Cross Plains area before moving to Bisbee, Arizona during the war so her husband could work the copper mines. After the war they bought a farm in Moody, Texas. A few years later they bought a farm in Pottsville, Texas where she was a great homemaker. She sewed all the girls clothes and was a marvelous cook. She would "ring" the neck of a chicken and fry it for breakfast. She also worked in Hamilton in the Tax Office for several years and later married G.O. Kornegay and her next home was in Fort Worth where she was a well-known commercial insurance underwriter. She retired with Millers Mutual Group in 1976.

After retiring she went on several cruises and enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. Her favorite Cowboy was Roger Staubach and favorite Ranger was Nolan Ryan. She loved going to church and loved a variety of music. She went to the Senior Citizen dances. Among her favorite bands were Glen Miller's and Hank Williams'.

She got up every morning dressed "fit to kill" with full makeup. She loved nice clothes and jewelry and always looked beautiful.

She was forever concerned about others. She was appreciative of everyone at The Vantage for taking such good care of her. She had a sweet disposition and was always happy, no matter the circumstances. She strived to make the best of any situation. She is loved by all and was an amazing 100 year-old mother.

Theda was preceded in death by parents, Dolph and Audie Evans; husbands, Fred Klutts and G.O. Kornegay; sisters, Maureen Clark, Robbie Lucko, Sonja Henson, and Johnnie Fay Evans; and grandson, Jeffrey Vick.

Survivors: Children, Donna Vick, Paula Fuqua and husband, Joe, Jan McKee and husband, Danny, and Douglas Kornegay and wife, Laura; eight grandchildren, Sammy Vick, Russell and Amy Fuqua, Steven and Tonya Fuqua, Scott Fuqua, Nicole and Steve Minter, Alexis McKee, Lindsay and Chuck Kimbrell, and Emily and Josh Lane; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Rebanell Steinman.

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