Helen Louise Bookman, 101, of Tahoka passed away on Monday, May 24, 2021. She was born on December 1, 1919 in Waco, Texas to Jim and Catherine (Reed) Smith.
Helen was a resident of Tahoka for 73 years. She was a member of Wesley Chapel C.M.E. Church, where she served faithfully for many years in several capacities such as Stewardess Board, and Missionary Society, until its closing. Helen also served in the Lubbock-Midland District, as well as the Annual Conference level of the Northwest Texas Region, Eighth Episcopal District of the C.M.E. Church.
She was an associate member of Carter Chapel C.M.E. Church, Odessa, Texas, and attended the First United Methodist Church of Tahoka, faithfully, until her health declined.
Helen was the Matriarch of the Nance Family, and the mother of the late Rev. Andrew Nance, Presiding Elder of the Northwest Texas Region, Eighth Episcopal District.
Those left to cherish her memory are daughter-in-law, Bennie Nance of Tahoka; grandchildren, Rev. Jacqueline Cockerham and husband Derrell of Lake Mary, Florida, Rhonda Chapa and husband Arthur of Tahoka, and Todd Nance, and wife Jackie, of Arlington; three great-grandsons, Kyndle, Andre, and Keilyn Nance; and one great-great-grandson, Kaine Nance. Helen also leaves behind her beloved Noah Williams, of Lubbock.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Catherine Reed Smith; husband, T. B. Bookman; son, Presiding Elder Rev. Andrew Nance; great-grandson, Andrae Nance Caddell, and brothers, J. B. Smith, Jimmy Smith, Edgar Smith, and John H. Smith.
A public viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Combest Family Funeral Homes in Tahoka. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Tahoka. Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park in Woodrow, Texas.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Oh my! We have truly lost a great woman but heaven has gained an angel. I always enjoyed visiting with Helen... she was as straight shooter but was always honest and truthful. I first knew her when I was a child and she “ kept the house” for the Rebel Thomas family. She ran that house and we all knew it but she doted on Georgia and her friends. Fifty years later I would visit with her and she always asked about us girls that she kept supplied with ice cream. Deepest sympathies to her family
Donna Draper Raindl