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March 9th, 2017 under Obituaries
obit Yancy

TJ Yancy with April the mule

In the early hours of March 1, 2017, TJ Yancy passed from this world into the next.

Born in 1935, TJ was unusually small and was not expected to live through his first night. Rather than naming him Thomas Jefferson as they had planned, his parents put him in a shoebox on the oven door and simply called him TJ.

He did survive, and after high school went on to earn a full scholarship to Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, as a competitor on their Rodeo Team. He traveled all over the Midwest, riding broncs and bulls, while completing his degree.

In 1954 he married Patricia Kelley, and they had two children, Sheryle Elaine and Fred Jay. They lived in Rocksprings, Texas, and for many years TJ was the manager at Asgro Feed Mill there.

He was always a hard worker, and he installed lights around his horse pens so that when he got home at night, he could ride and train outside horses for extra income for his young family.

Later he moved to San Antonio where he owned and operated several feed stores around the outskirts of the city, including Leon Springs, Helotes and Bracken.

Twenty-one years ago, TJ leased the former Montgomery Ranch near Casa Piedra, south of Marfa, and he greatly enjoyed his life of ranching and riding and living there.

All of his friends will agree that TJ was one of the most gentle and kind people they have ever known. He was always good to his animals, and generous with people. He loved his dogs and his horses, and in return was loved by them, and by his many friends and admirers.

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