Terrance Bruce Nied (Bro. Terry) was born March 5, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas to Thomas William and Marjorie Storch Nied. He was preceded in death by grandparents, August Bernard and Agnes Fisher Nied of Swissvale, Pennsylvania, and Louie and Margaret Lange Storch of Mason, Texas and by his parents. He graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in 1963 and resided in San Antonio, Texas. Terry was awarded the Eagle Scout Award in April, 1959. It helped shape his life.
He was called, by God, into professional forestry after reading a plaque overlooking Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. The inscription on the plaque read "Conservation is like writing one's signature upon the face of the land". Terry enrolled in the School of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas in September, 1963 and graduated with a Bachelor of Forestry degree in May of 1967. Terry worked for Temple Industries of Diboll, Texas, Owens-Illinois, Inc. of Lufkin, Texas, Lufkin Creosoting of Lufkin, Texas, Manville (Riverwood, Riverwood International) in Huttig, Arkansas, Plum Creek Timber Co., LLC. of Huttig, Arkansas, Texas, Forest Service in Palestine, Texas, and Mike Cline Consulting Forester in Palestine, Texas. During his career spanning over 40 years in forestry, Mr. Nied planted entire forests, fought wildfires, supervised logging, wrote and administered forest management plans, built and maintained roads and bridges, taught forestry to the general public, procured poles and forest products and, in general, tended God's garden (Genesis 2:15).
He was married to Grace Borchers in December, 1966 and was divorced after eight years of marriage. During this time Laurie Gayle Nied and Joy Adrienne Nied were born. Terry gave his life to Jesus, after the marriage ended. He met a zookeeper, Dolores Jo Ramsey, of Redland, Texas and she became his wife on February 28, 1975 and the love of his life until his death on June 27, 2017. His funeral will be at First Baptist Church in Rusk, Texas on July, 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Salem Cemetery, Rusk. Visitation will be June 30, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Terry and Lorie sang in a gospel quartet for 11 years in South Arkansas, served as hospice volunteers for Community Hospice of South Arkansas for two years, and volunteer chaplains at the hospitality house in Tennessee Colony for two years.
On their first mission trip to Dillingham, Alaska, Terry and Lorie were called, by God, into Gospel ministry on the way home in a restaurant in Wasilla, Alaska. The back of the restaurant menu said, "We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you feel the same way, there is a wall in the rear of our restaurant, feel free to write your name and say, a verse, or a scripture, it is your call, but know that when you are coming, you are giving God your all." Terry wrote his name on that wall, was licensed to preach on June 22, 2003 and ordained to the Gospel Ministry on August 17, 2003 by Broyles Chapel Baptist Church in Palestine, Texas where he had previously served as an ordained Deacon for two years. He was immediately called to serve as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served for five years. His wife, Lorie served as Worship Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Vacation Bible School Director at his side for that pastorate and, later, for the balance of his ministry.
He is survived by his wife, Lorie Nied of 42 years of Rusk; his daughters, Laurie Harvey and husband Bill of Port Lavaca, Texas and Joy Nied of Ft. Worth, Texas; his brother, Donald Edward Nied and wife Linda of Tow, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren, John Caleb and Carly Lowman, Holly and Jimmy Worrell; great-grandchildren, Abigail Worrell and Silas Lowman; several nieces, nephews, and many friends and church family.
Bro. Terry is best remembered for his service as a volunteer chaplain to the Cherokee County Jail and the Arbors Nursing Home for multiple years and his service to First Baptist Church of Rusk as a church musician. He is also remembered for his parting comments "Happy Trails to You..." based upon his childhood heroes Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. He would have me end this obituary by saying, Until We Meet.. A-gain!
Published on June 28, 2017