Anthony Ray Jacoby, at age 55, passed away on July 22 in Midland, TX after hospitalization during one of his many escapades. Born on October 9, 1963 in Hobbs, New Mexico, Tony’s life story was shrouded in mystery and majesty. Raised in a boys home, classically trained in piano, well versed in the Bible (and anything he’d ever read or heard), Tony has shared bits and pieces of his adventures with any who took the time to listen. Tony painted and wall-papered for the rich and famous in California, working his way into the backdoors of celebrities hearts and front doors of their fridges. Tony shared stories of his loose ties to the Italian mafia as well as his friends in the FBI. Eddie van Halen may have also been privileged to have received musical advice from our dear friend, and would have been wise to have listened. Tony belonged to every church with doors in both Cisco and his other hometown, Hobbs, NM, elaborating songs on every church piano (except the Church of Christ). He sang loud and proud, with a masculine bravado and had as much appetite for fellowship and appreciation as for church suppers. Tony knew and loved God. God knew and loved Tony. Tony knew and loved everyone. Everyone knew and loved Tony. We will miss our barefoot friend, and will continue to love him and live in his memory as we walk the town that he painted.
Son of Ronald LeeRoy Jacoby (1942-2011) Tony is survived by his mother, Nelda Vardiman. Tony had one brother, Ronald “Ronny” Jacoby (1962-1980), and considered himself family to all. A memorial service was held on August 3, 2019 at the Conrad Hilton Center in downtown Cisco, TX. Many attended.