Robert Paul Major


Robert Paul Major, 73, of Alvin passed away on December 9, 2020. He was born in Hahira, Georgia, to John Major and Jackie Frost. He moved from Liberty Hill to Alvin and had been a resident for 14 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Major and Jackie Frost; stepfather, Chester Lonsford; and sister, Anita Finkel.

Bobby graduated from St. Edward’s High School in Austin and later attended the University of Houston.

Bobby loved sports of all kinds – bird hunting, coaching girls’ softball, bowling, even playing for the Nassau Bay Bombers rugby team for a couple of years. He was a big fan of all the Houston pro teams: Astros, Rockets, Oilers (and now Texans). He knew his way around a barbecue pit, too, and for a number of years was on a team that competed in various cook-offs—the team often dressing in western outfits and staging gunfights to draw in the crowds.

Bobby was a longtime patron of Griff’s sports bar in the Montrose area, where he was known as “Tank,” and he was a longtime employee of Shepler Construction Equipment and Western Wear. Always family-oriented, Bobby loved going to the beach and going crabbing with his family, and spent many evenings at the family dining-room table playing board games and card games. And his prowess at telling funny stories and jokes was legendary.

In his later years he loved relaxing on the porch and playing with his grandchildren.

Left to cherish Bobby’s memory are his children: Derek Machart and wife Monica, Danna Thurston and husband Randy, and Amber Major; brothers: Estes Major and wife Kathy, Jack Major and Michael Lonsford; grandchildren: Noah and Mikaela Machart, Randy III, Cody and Landry Thurston; as well as numerous other family members and friends.

Private services by invitation will be held at the Froberg Funeral Home at Oak Park, 300 Oak Park Drive, Alvin, Texas, 77511. Visitation is at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 2020 and the Memorial Service begins at 3:00 p.m. Flowers are welcome; contributions may be sent to the above address.

To join in the celebration of Bobby’s life, we welcome you to attend the Memorial Service virtually by Facebook livestream. Search for private group “In Memory of Bob Major” and request to join in advance. Services will be streamed live here beginning at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 2020.