Bobby Joe was born Aug. 21, 1933 in Haskell County, to Grace M. (Gunnels) and Pete M. Helton. He married Birdie Reeves on Oct. 19, 1957 in Rochester, and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage. Bobby Joe was a proud husband, father, farmer and rancher. He managed the Paymaster Gin in Rochester for 32 years. He loved rodeo, playing dominos and cards.
He is survived by his daughter Tammie Hosea of Bullard; granddaughter Katelan Schmidt of McKinney; grandson Matthew Hosea and wife Courtney of Omaha, NE; great-granddaughters Parker Schmidt of McKinney, Logyn Hosea and Collyns Hosea both of Omaha, NE; sister Penny Adkins and husband Robert of Sweetwater; also numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Grace and Pete Helton; and wife Birdie Helton.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.