Memorial services for Robert James Violette, 66, of Hale Center, Texas, and formerly Abernathy, Texas, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, in the Abernathy United Church. Cremation and services are under the direction of Abell Funeral Home & Flower Shop of Abernathy.

Mr. Violette died Friday, May 10, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas.

Robert was born Sept. 24, 1952, in Port Hueneme, Calfi., to Fernand Joseph and Dorothy Mae (Shaw) Violette, and was raised in Baldwin, Iowa, by his step-father and mother, Stanley and Dorothy Mae Weets. He graduated from Maquoketa High School, Maquoketa, Iowa, in 1970. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Vietnam era for 10 years; he then transferred to the U.S. Army where he served until being honorably discharged in 1981. He was stationed in Guam, working in search and rescue and helicopter repairs. 

He moved to Lubbock from Houston in 1983, and married Georgia Tere Jackson, Sept. 16, 1995, in Lubbock. He was employed at the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer for 11 years, retiring in 2014. Robert enjoyed woodworking and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia Tere Jackson of Hale Center, Texas; a son, Kalvin Violette, and wife Brittany and grandson Ethan Violette, all of Abernathy; three daughters, Linda Smith, Brooksann Gomez and Blanca Violette, all of Arizona; four grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. He is also survived by six brothers, Martin Scott Weets and Tom Weets of Missouri, Wayne Weets and Dale Weets of Iowa, Edward “Skip” Beam of Wisconsin, and Jerry Weets of Illinois; and five sisters, Nancy Hooton, Barbara Kemp, Virginia “Ginny” Mccoy and Mary Jo Geerts, all of Iowa, and Shirley Sallee of Montana.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 5429 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75240 or online at www.kidney.org.