SCHLEY DEE LEMMA, 74, was born November 14, 1925
in Ranger, TX to the late Burnice and Monnie Lemma.
He attended school in Ranger, TX until his family
moved to Corpus Christi, TX, where he graduated
from Corpus Christi High School in 1943. He served
in the U.S. Merchant Marines as Chief Radio Officer
in WWII. Schley retired from Tuloso-Midway ISD in
1989 after 37 years of public education service. He
was most known and admired for his extensive devotion
to the education and development of youth. He devoted
a lifetime of service to the Boy Scouts of America
which bestowed upon him their highest award, the
Silver Beaver, for volunteer service.
He was a member of Sunset Masonic Lodge #1368 A.F.
& A.M. and was a deacon at Gateway Baptist Church
in Corpus Christi. He led by example with honor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his
brother, Jimmy Lemma, who also attended school in
Ranger until the family move to Corpus Christi.
Jimmy would have been in the Class of 1948 had the
family remained in Ranger.
Schley was married for 52 years to Joyce Swinney.
They had four children, Schley, Jr. of Long Beach,
CA, Cindy Axt of of Lakeland, FL, Robin Sellman
of George West, TX, and Amy Medina of Belton, TX.
He was a great family man and adored his children
and 8 grandchildren.
Fishing the coast and ham radio were his greatest
hobbies. He passed away on October 23, 2000 in a
Corpus Christi hospital.