Robert Emmett Souders was born May 3rd 1931 in Grady County, Oklahoma. He was the third of four children by parents Roy and Fannie Souders. He was raised on a farm near Pocasset, Oklahoma. His future wife, Marjorie Collins, lived on her family farm just 8 miles to the north. They married in April 1952 and celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2012. They had four children; Gary, Randy, Kathleen and Kelli. They were blessed with seven grandchildren and 9 great grand children.
In the mid 1950's the young family moved to the Rio Grande valley to try their luck farming there. However, that venture didn’t last long and the family migrated back north. Along the way they decided to leave farming behind and put down roots in Fort Worth. Robert quickly found work with Texas Steel Company. A couple years later he embarked on a long career with the Fort Worth Independent School District. He began as a school custodian and eventually joined their district wide building maintenance department. After 38[?] years he retired from the school system to work full time in family's growing art gallery and frame shop. He remained active in that role until April just prior to his recent hospitalization.
Robert heard the Gospel, accepted it and lived it every day of his life thereafter. He and Marjorie were members of the Worth Heights Church of Christ where he served as deacon. In 1963 the congregation disbanded and the Souders family placed their membership with the Rosemont Church of Christ where Robert served as Deacon and then as Elder for 40years. Robert and Marjorie made their final move to the Burleson Church of Christ.
Marjorie Hellen Collins Souders
1935–2012 (m. 1952)
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