Nettie Mae Lacey


Nettie Mae Lacey was born Feb. 12, 1912, and died Sept. 20, 2016.

Services were held Oct. 1, 2016, at Zion Baptist Church in Normangee, with Rev. Tracie Branch Sims and Rev. Marvin Cooper officiating.

Nettie Mae was born to Rufus Houston and Bettie Laura Wilder Houston in Guy’s Store in Leon County. Nettie and her twin Lettie Arjunior were the seventh and sixth respectively and the second set of twins born to the couple. Her parents ultimately would have 13 children, including three sets of twins.

On Aug. 2, 1930, Nettie Mae married her longtime neighbor and friend Bennie Lacey. In 1947 Bennie and Mae purchased an acre of land in Normangee, where they would build their dream home. While Uncle Bennie worked at the Davis Cozart Funeral Home for more than 60 years, Nettie Mae was a dedicated and meticulous homemaker.

At an early age, Nettie Mae professed her faith in Christ and became a member of Mt. Ira Baptist Church. After moving to Normangee, she joined Zion Baptist Church, where she served as secretary of the Sunday School. Prior to her passing, she was acknowledged as the mother of the church, as its oldest member. During her stay in Fort Worth, she attended Mayfield Baptist Church.

Although there were no biological children born to the couple, they participated in raising their grand-nephew, Joseph Houston, and were actively involved in the lives of 25 nieces and nephews. Upon the death of her beloved Bennie at the age of 98 in 2006, they had enjoyed 75 years of marriage. The following year she lost her twin shortly after celebrating her 95th birthday.

Nettie Mae departed this life for a better and eternal life on Sept. 20, 2016, at Fort Worth Baylor Hospital with her sister by her bedside.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her twin sister Lettie Arjunia Robinson and sisters Millie Lizzie Jones, Maggie Lee Houston and brother Rufus Jr., Paul, Silas, Qunie, Prince Albert, Jimmie Lee, AB and Sam Calvin Houston. She was also preceded in death by several nieces and nephews.

She leaves to cherish her memories her dedicated baby sister and long-term caregiver Artince Fortson, her beloved nephew Joseph Houston, her namesake, niece and confidante Nettie Elliott, nieces Dorothy Bridges, Bettie Jo Green, Lois J. Gaston, Laura Williams, Gloria D. Jelks, Charlotte Williams, Dorothy Jones; nephews Mark O. Davis, Rufus D. Lacy, Frank Houston, F.J. Houston, Morris Houston and a host of other relatives and friends.