Lifelong Limestone County resident Edwin Everette Plummer, Sr., passed away peacefully at his home in the Kickapoo community early Tuesday morning, October 27, 2015, at the age of 88 after a brief illness...just a few steps from where he led his first congregational hymn as a young boy, hoisted atop the teacher's desk. Born on January 1, 1927, in Stamford, Texas, to John D. and Ruby (Walters) Plummer, Mr. Plummer graduated from Mexia High School in 1945. After serving in Europe in World War II, he returned to Central Texas and attended Westminster College in Tehuacana during the 1948-49 school year. He then transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where in 1951 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in English. He began his teaching career at the State Orphans' Home in Corsicana in 1951, and on June 8, 1952, married his sweetheart, Nancy Helen Holbrook, in Nacogdoches. Edwin and Helen Plummer moved to Dickinson in 1953, where he taught high school mathematics until 1961. He once again returned to Central Texas--this time with his wife and three children--to teach at Groesbeck High School from 1961 until 1964. He joined the Mexia ISD in 1964 as the Principal and a teacher at the Shiloh School. When the Shiloh School was consolidated into the Mexia ISD, he moved to the Mexia Junior High School where he taught mathematics until 1968. He then moved to Mexia High School, teaching mathematics until his retirement in 1992. In addition to teaching, Mr. Plummer has served the community as an Elder of the Fallon Church of Christ (where he led singing the last Sunday he was able to attend just over 2 weeks ago) and as a member of the Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Mr. Plummer enjoyed hunting (animals and arrowheads), fishing, tending to his cattle, and farming...being especially respected for growing watermelons. He also loved to take long road trips, with the western states among his favorite destinations. When arthritis forced him to sit more than he liked, he developed an appreciation for Facebook...dispensing sage advice and political commentary, and reconnecting with former students from all decades. In addition to Helen Plummer, his wife of 63 years, Mr. Plummer is survived by his four children: Edwin Plummer, Jr., and wife, Glenda, of Mexia; Peggy Billingsley and husband, John, of Groesbeck; Judy Chalk and husband, Rick, of Groesbeck; and Amy Plummer of Frisco. Grandchildren include Edwin Plummer, III, and wife, Michele, of Bastrop; Laura Billingsley of Groesbeck; Emily Plummer of Waco; Andrew Billingsley of Bryan; Jimmy Chalk of Boston, MA; David Chalk and wife, Renate, of San Antonio; Bryce Billingsley of Bryan; and Sarah Billingsley of Bryan. Great-grandchildren include Abby Plummer of Bastrop; Charleton and Faith Kester of Groesbeck, Cody Barclay of Corpus Christi and the newest member of the family, Elizabeth Chalk, of San Antonio. Mr. Plummer is also survived by his sister, Patsy McAdams, of Grand Prairie, and brother, Neil Bond and wife, Mary, of Mexia, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Walters Plummer; his father, John D. Plummer; his sister, Reba Sawyer; and his step-mother, Zula Bond Plummer. Visitation will be Thursday, October 29, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia, with the funeral service Friday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m. at the Groesbeck Church of Christ, with Richard Williams and Neil Bond officiating. Mr. Plummer's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be at Plummer Cemetery following the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Academic Award and Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 534, Mexia, TX 76667. Mr. Plummer's family would like to thank Providence Hospice for their kind and compassionate care and the innumerable friends and family who have helped ease their grief with both tangible expressions of sympathy as well as prayers and attendance. Mr. Plummer was a beloved gentleman whose absence will be felt by many here on earth...while his presence in Heaven is being celebrated by those who have gone on before.
Thursday, October 29th, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
Friday, October 30th, 2015 2:00pm, Church of Christ-Groesbeck