BOBBIE LEE COFFMAN MCBAY, 94, of Fort Worth, TX,
loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,
departed this life on April 10, 2018 to her eternal
heavenly home, with burial in the Bullock Cemetery
near Ranger, TX.
Bobbie was born June 29, 1923 in Ranger, TX to Robert
Lee & Esther Bailey Coffman. After graduation from
Ranger High School in 1940, she married Thomas Carl
McBay, and started 75 years of loving marriage. Bobbie
and Carl were longtime members of Ridglea West Baptist
Church before moving to Western Hills Baptist Church.
She was a charter member of Ridglea West Garden Club
and was an accomplished Iris grower. Her passion was
collecting and showing antique buttons, winning many
awards at the local, state and national level. She
was an active volunteer at church, concentrating on
the library and writing church histories. She also
researched her families genealogy before the Internet
made it easy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; daughters,
Carolyn Smith and Mary Penner; sister, Arlona Fisher;
and brother, Alton Coffman.
Survivors include grandson, Kerry A. Smith; granddaughter,
Kristina Lee Swan and husband Peter Swan; great grandson,
Parker Lee Swan; nieces, Sheri Capehart and Katie Fisher;
son-in-law, Alvin Smith and wife Marlene; and great niece
and great nephews.
HUSBAND: THOMAS CARL MCBAY, 95, a loving husband,
father, grandfather, & great-grandfather departed
this life Dec. 16, 2015 to his eternal heavenly
home. Burial was in Bullock Cemetery at Ranger.
Carl was born March 17, 1920, in Lincoln, TN, to
Walter & Ella Mae McBay. After completing his
education, he met and married Bobbie Lee Coffman
(RHS-1940) in May of 1940. Carl served his country
in the U.S. Army 8th Cavalry during World War II
in the Pacific and occupation of Japan. After 30
years in the regular Army and Navy Reserves as
chief petty officer. He entered into a career in
the aircraft industry in 1941 in Dallas. He was
employed by General Dynamics in Fort Worth for 38
1/2 years. He was a resident of Fort Worth since
1947. Carl was a faithful member of Ridglea West
Baptist Church for 51 years. He was a member of
Western Hills Baptist Church in his last years.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Carolyn
Smith and Mary Penner.
Survivors: Beloved wife of 75 years, Bobbie Lee;
grandson, Kerry Smith; granddaughter Kristina and
husband Peter Swan; great-grandson, Parker Swan;
niece, Sheri Capehart and husband, Bruce; & son-
in-law, Alvin Smith.
DAUGHTER: MARY LINDA MCBAY PENNER, artist, beloved
daughter, aunt and friend, departed this life for her
eternal heavenly home on Jan. 27, 2009, in Fort
Worth, TX, with burial at Bullock Cemetery near
Mary was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Fort Worth to Thomas
Carl and Bobbie Lee Coffman (RHS-1940) McBay. She
accepted the Lord and Savior at the age of 9 at
Ridglea West Baptist Church, where she was a member.
Mary was a 1967 graduate of Arlington Heights High
School and attended Tarrant County College. Mary had
a passion for animals and her acclaimed art is a
lasting testament of her love. Mary was a crusader
for the wildlife of the rain forest of South and
Central America and many of her paintings were of
the unique species of plants and animals she studied.
Mary's art has been exhibited in numerous museums
throughout the U.S., including the Smithsonian,
National Museum in New York and Leigh Yawkey Woodson
Art Museum. Many of Mary's paintings are in private
collections throughout the U.S.
Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn
Survivors: parents, Thomas Carl and Bobbie Lee McBay
of Fort Worth; nephew, Kerry Smith of Fort Worth;
niece, Kristina Smith of Austin; and numerous cousins.