Wilma Natalie Hargrove, 98, was born October 15, 1920 in Magnolia Springs, Texas to James Hubert Jones and Nannie Morgan Jones. She passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont Friday, May 17, 2019 after a short illness.
Funeral service was Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Buna with burial following at Antioch Cemetery, also in Buna. Officiating were Bro. David Foster and Bro. Rick Tate. Pallbearers were Jimmy Paul Hargrove, David Aaron Hargrove, Kevin Eason, Leslie Eason, Ira Callaway and Robert Dunshine. Honorary pallbearers were Ryder Callaway, Hugh Terry and Mike Bruce.
At the age of nine, she moved to Sally Wither’s Lake in Buna, Texas and graduated from Buna High School in 1939. After her marriage to Avery Howard Hargrove on December 7, 1941, they moved several places before settling in Silsbee, Texas in 1947.
Natalie ran the Hargrove Hotel until her children were grown. She enjoyed participating in her children’s school activities. She was co-leader of a Camp-Fire Group including Bluebirds and Horizon Club and Cub Scouts. Natalie was a faithful member of The First United Methodist Church; participating in women’s groups and teaching a children’s Sunday School class.
Natalie and Howard moved to Evadale. They owned and operated the Sabine Neches Press located in Kirbyville; printing area newspapers, including The Silsbee Bee, and flyers. They raised a large garden to share with family, friends, and the community, enjoyed playing 42 dominos and volunteered for the reading program at school to help children who had problems reading.
After Howard passed away, Natalie moved back home to Buna. She joined the First United Methodist Church and participated in many activities including making mini banana breads for visitors and helping with the Mustard Seed Group.
While playing dominos, some friends suggested she start bowling. For 20-years she bowled locally, at state and at national bowling tournaments. She found it so much fun and rewarding. She was on the local news twice at the bowling alley. Her last day to bowl was April 15, 2019.
The bowling ladies decided she needed a bucket list. Natalie was a Wal-Mart greeter, drank champagne, had a limo ride, rode a Harley, went to Los Angeles and was on “Lets Make A Deal” to name a few. She was Miss Buna in 2017.
Her lifelong passion was fishing and she lived life to the fullest. She was truly a blessing and she blessed many.
Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband, brothers, J.W. Jones and James M. Jones; and sister, Kathleen Bythewood.
Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Hargrove and wife Linda of Raton, New Mexico and David Hargrove and wife Terry Lynn of Sour Lake; daughter, Nan Gore and husband Truman of Silsbee; grandchildren, Kimberlee Hargrove, Jimmy Paul and Vanessa Hargrove, David Aaron Hargrove, Georgia and Leslie Eason and Misty and Ira Callaway; and greatgrandchildren, Ryan, Jaycee, Donavan, Nataleigh, Kevin, Molly and Ryder.