L.G. Solomon, 87, of Abilene, Texas, passed away on October 6, 2022, in San Angelo, Texas.
Visitation is scheduled for October 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South in Abilene. Services will be October 15, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Memorial Park.
L.G. was born in Bastrop County, Texas in 1934 to Claude Solomon and Georgia Sneed Solomon. As a youngster, he moved with his mother and sisters to the Lubbock area. He made good grades at school and was a standout athlete. He received a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M, but after graduating from high school, he chose to volunteer for military service instead. He served in the US Air Force Fire Service from 1955 to 1976. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked civil service at Dyess Air Force Base Fire Department for 17 more years. His military service totaled over 37 years.
While stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 1950s he met Mozella Joycelyn "Joy" Roberson. She said he caught her eye due to his immaculately shined shoes. They married on May 7, 1960. They remained dedicated to each other for 46 years until Joy's death in 2006. They had two children, Lamont Gregory "Greg" and Marva Jeanine.
He required many outlets for his great reservoir of energy. He enjoyed his dogs, yardwork, and had a knack for growing plants. He traveled to Texas Tech football games to see his nephew play. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Abilene. L.G. also served the Abilene community as a Lion's Club member. He earned a real estate license and worked with Dalzell Realtors for several years. As he got older, he treasured his exercise classes and social time at the Abilene Senior Citizen Center.
L.G. prized education. He kept his notes and binders from trainings he attended throughout his military service. He graduated from Cisco Jr. College in 1987. He loved discussing what he learned with friends and family. He strongly encouraged his children to seek higher degrees.
Above all, L.G. loved Jesus. He was active in several church communities during his many years in Abilene. He loved to sing gospel songs and often told people he met that "L.G." was short for "Love God."
Left to cherish his memory are his son, Greg Solomon of Belton, TX and his daughter, Marva Solomon, of San Angelo; his brother, Charles Curtis of Lubbock, and sister, Estelle Brooks of Austin; in-laws Carol Ross of Marietta, Georgia, and Philip Roberson (Norma) of Dallas. He will be remembered fondly by a myriad of nieces, nephews, caregivers, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joy Solomon; sisters, Arie Lee Haynes and Eula Mae Clemons; brothers, Elmo Curtis and Claude Solomon Jr.; cousin, Alvin Sneed; and sister-in-law, Vivian Walker.