Fred E. Nayfa of Sweetwater, Texas, went home to be with his Lord on April 10, 2012. He was born on August 30, 1917, in Greenville, Texas to Elias and Almaz Nayfa, immigrants from Lebanon. While attending Oklahoma City University in 1938, he met Jo Farris. They were married eight years later in Gainesville, Texas on April 17, 1946 by a retired Methodist minister. Fred and Jo had a special love and commitment to each other and he was a loving and caring person who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. During World War II he served his country as a First Class Store Keeper/Radio Operator in the U.S. Navy. Fred was owner in family businesses – The Hub Store, The Fair Shop, ENC Discount and was a sales representative for the chemical company NaycoProducts. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Sweetwater, since 1939 and was a member of the Open Door Sunday School Class. He loved his church and always called the members his family. Since retirement in 1982, Fred became an avid golfer with four “hole in ones” to his credit: August 2, 1964, October 17, 1984, May 17, 1991 and March 23, 2001. Three aces were made at Sweetwater Country Club. Fred’s first and third were made on the same hole 20 years apart and the other was made while golfing in a tournament for a Shrine Ceremony in Sonora, TX. He was also an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman. Fred was an active member of the Masonic Lodge #571 including the Chapter and Council, the Commandry, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Suez Shrine Temple Director Staff, including the Camel Herders. He has received many awards and certificates including his 65 year pin for work in the Masons and a 50 year pin from Suez Shrine Temple. He is also a member of the VFW and the DAV. Fred was a Past Master, District Deputy and a Golden Trowel Award recipient of the Masonic Lodge #571, the past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star, and Excalibur Award recipient from the Templar Masonry and the Sweetwater Commandry. He was a past Director of the Suez Temple and was honored by the Suez Temple at a One Day Ceremonial and Camel Herders Party in October 2002.
Fred also loved to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Walk where he made the Survivor’s walk every year.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Jo; daughter, Nadine and son-in-law, Tom Craddick of Midland; son, Abe, and daughter-in-law, Tori of Denton and daughter, Jeanne, and son-in-law, Keith Brewer of Sweetwater; grandchildren, Christi Craddick, Tommy Craddick and wife, Laura; Kyle Nayfa and wife, Angie; Jeremy Nayfa, Beau Brewer and wife, Christa and Ashley Brewer; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Sam, Tripp, Claire, Catherine, Kadyn and two more on the way. He was lovingly referred to as “Gidi.”
Pallbearers will be Tommy Craddick, Kyle Nayfa, Jeremy Nayfa, Beau Brewer, Mickey Cohlmia, Jack Cohlmia, Sam Nayfa, Robert Smith, Billy Smith and Kent Boatright. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Lara, Jack Lawrence, John Meadows, Lewis Williams, Domingo Castillo, Members of the Masonic Lodge #571 and Downtown Men’s Bible Class.
The family would like to thank Sara Lara, Misty Escobedo, Rene Corley, Betty Hernandez, Sylvia Gonzales, Bea Gonzales and Tammy Flores for the love and gentle care given to Fred. The family wishes to extend a very special thanks to Dr. Larry McEachern and his wife, Lita, and all the compassionate nurses and staff of the Rolling Plain Rural Health Clinic and Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital for the loving care that was given to Fred. We also want to thank the rehab team, nurses and staff of the Nolan Nursing and Rehab Center for the concern, care and love given to both Fred and Jo.
We would like to thank the Community of Sweetwater for their love and concern for Fred. He loved Sweetwater and was touched by so many while he set an example of what it was to be a good and Godly man that loved life and everyone around him.
Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home, Sweetwater, Texas and visitation will be at McCoy Funeral Home on Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held on Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Brian Brownlow and Rev. Beau Brewer, grandson of Mr. Nayfa will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send donations in his memory to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Houston, Attention: Directed Use and Grants, 6977 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030 or First United Methodist Church, 309 Cedar, Sweetwater, TX 79556.