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In Memory of

Jacqueline K. Fenley

October 9, 1927 - August 5, 2017

Obituary


Our mother, Jacqueline Fenley, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of August 5, 2017. She was 89 years young. She lived a full life. Jackie taught guitar to many people for over 70 years. She was loved and will be missed. We love you mother. You were one of the nicest and funniest people that we have ever met! RIP. Jackie was an excellent musician who played over a dozen different instruments including: a regular guitar, a steel guitar, piano, xylophone, drums, saxophone, trumpet, and many more. She was a musical genius...

Our mother, Jacqueline Fenley, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of August 5, 2017. She was 89 years young. She lived a full life. Jackie taught guitar to many people for over 70 years. She was loved and will be missed. We love you mother. You were one of the nicest and funniest people that we have ever met! RIP. Jackie was an excellent musician who played over a dozen different instruments including: a regular guitar, a steel guitar, piano, xylophone, drums, saxophone, trumpet, and many more. She was a musical genius who taught herself to play all of these instruments, had her own band with my father Henry "Bill' Fenley, and helped start many more bands. During the 1950's she helped discover Kenny Rogers at the age of 17 and used him as a drummer at the battle of the bands in Hockley, Texas. During the 1980's, Jackie discovered a high school kid in Katy, Texas named Mark Matejka. She taught him guitar and in 2006, he is currently a guitarist in the legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Our mother has said that he is one of the most gifted guitarists that she had ever met! Our mother was of the Methodist faith more recently, my mother and sister Vickie both taught Sunday school classes in the nursery at the Baptist Temple Church in the Heights in Houston, Texas. This mother-daughter duo were very much liked and loved by the children and by their parents. We are here to celebrate the life of an amazing woman who always made a good living in the music field that is still dominated by men. She was a true pioneer and feminist before it became a trend. She was truly ahead of her time. Jackie was a southern belle who almost always never left the house without a full face of make-up, lipstick, and her hair done. Jacqueline was thoughtful of others, helped take care of her mother and father in their later years, and even played "Taps" on her trumpet at my father's military honors funeral. Jackie attended Roosevelt Elementary School, Hogg Middle School, and graduated from Reagan High School in 1945 in Houston, Texas. Jacqueline taught music lessons at Parker Music in downtown Houston, H & H Music, and ABC Music Stores in Houston Texas. We are glad that Jackie Fenley was our mother. She always made us proud. Her intelligence, sense of humor, meticulous about details, and sense of style will be missed. We are also glad the she planned ahead for this day six years ago to help spare her children the extra grief of dealing with her death. Jacqueline King Fenley was preceded in life by her parents, Decator Jackson King, Dora Ceilia "MeMaw" King, and her sisters Anita Mitchell and Margrete "Kitty" Gaines. She is survived by her children, Derrick Fenley and Vickie Gogazeh. Also survived by her grandchildren Leila Hass and Amie Varnadeaux, and great grandchildren Isabella, John and Elijah Haas. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 1-2 PM at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home with Funeral services beginning at 2 PM in the Colonial Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.