Gregg Lopez passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
Scriptural Wake Service: 2 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2022, in Biggers Funeral Chapel
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request you consider becoming an organ donor (donatelifetexas.org) or donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).
Gregg was born January 20, 1944, in Whitehead, Texas to the late Carlos B. Lopez and Santiaguita Lopez. He was the youngest of eight children. They grew up working on their family farm in Doole, Texas. He attended Melvin High School and after graduating, he attended barber and beauty college in Austin, Texas. His first job as a barber was at Carswell Air Force Base. He then worked at Pete’s Barber Shop and The Razor’s Edge before opening his own business, The Golden Touch in 1974.
He met Barbara in 1964 at the base and they married in 1965. They had four children, who were the absolute joy of his life.
He learned to quilt from his mother when he was young, and he began making them for his kids and grandkids. He would create his own patterns, customizing them for his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to taking a trip to San Angelo with the quilt tops so his sister, Tome, could help add the batting and backing.
He loved baking. He especially loved to make pecan pies, banana nut bread, peanut brittle, divinity, beef jerky and hot sauce. He enjoyed giving away his baked goods to his family and friends.
He also loved trying to grow a garden – many, many hours he spent trying to till the land and plant his vegetables. He made it so large and worked so hard so he could give away the fruits of his labor to his family and friends.
He so enjoyed telling stories, and if you were lucky enough to hear one, you knew that he never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
He absolutely loved his family time. He made sure his children were equipped with the skills they needed to take care of themselves, from working on automobiles to having a good work ethic. He was so proud of how he taught his kids to shoot a gun and hunt. Their time in Doole learning these things were such cherished memories for him. He enjoyed playing cards and attending all events that the kids and grandkids were involved in.
In 2012, he became a double lung transplant recipient. Thanks to his organ donor he was able to have almost ten additional years with his family. He was one of the oldest recipients at the time of the transplant. He amazingly was discharged from the hospital ten days from his transplant and came home to live a happy and quality life with his family.
His family never left each other without a hug, a kiss, and an “I Love You”!
Survivors: wife, Barbara Lopez; daughter, Yvonne Kottwitz (Gary Carlock), son, Gregg Lopez, Jr. (Cheryl), daughter, Tammie Kizer (Kyle), and daughter, Deborah Wersal (Matt); grandchildren, Amanda, Michael (Morgan), Jordan, Marshall (Emily), Maverick, Garrett (Megan), Cole, Kyndall, Calvin and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Dax, Gracie, Kingston, Hudson and Kennedi; sisters, Tomasa Benavidez, Maria Herlinda Benavidez and Carolina Margarita Camargo; brother: Guillermo Lopez.
Gregg was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos and Santiaguita Lopez; his sisters, Bertha Perez and Maria Concepcion Ramirez; and brother, Carlos Lopez.
Treasure always the time with your family, love everyday as if there was no tomorrow, and take lots of pictures.
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