Bobby Andre Lomax, 42 of Austin TX, passed away on December 31, 2019. Born on July 27, 1977 in Texarkana, TX to Armellia Swampter and Bobby Ray Prater. At the age of 2, Michael Lomax came into his life and adopted him. He attended early education in Texarkana, and moved to Austin in 1989 with his family. He attended Lamar and Dobie Middle Schools and Reagan High School.
In high school Bobby and Edith met and were sweethearts and after a brief courtship because mom didn’t approve, they parted ways. Edith saw him at Reagan High School one day and called out to him from the second floor but by the time she made it downstairs he was gone. They briefly saw each other at Sonic Drive-In one day but each had their separate lives at the time.
In 1999 Bobby made a bad choice in life, faced incarceration and was given a 25 year sentence. He found Islam, studied, researched it and accepted it as his religion. In 2008, Edith came back into his life at a time that Bobby was in some dark years and gave him hope. They corresponded through letters, visits, special visits, and phone calls. Edith provided him with commissary funds for his living necessities, daily phone calls to her when he needed that human contact with someone that cared. The number of letters he would write were many. After seven months of finding each other, they vowed to love each other in sickness and in health, in richness or poorness and decided to be each other’s life partners and married in April 2009. Their lives indeed were faced with multiple life health challenges but they both remained committed and took care of each other.
After a 2 year set-off in 2011, and a lot of work from the both of them, he was granted parole in 2013 and came home in September. They both worked hard for Bobby to be a success story after prison. He held jobs and complied with his parole restrictions and was often interviewed by the Parole Board in asking how he managed to not return to prison. His answer, “he loved life, he had a wife and did not want to ever go back”.
Bobby loved spending his time with Edith, going to new restaurants, movies, and enjoying life. He also spent quality time with his mother, sister and nephew and other relatives. His hobbies were playing video games, keeping up with politics, watching TV shows, sports and wrestling. He really enjoyed working and providing as a husband. Bobby strived to return to his prison unit to speak to his Muslim community on the life successes after imprisoned. He volunteered on several occasions to the Tennessee Colony inmates and his Muslim brothers admired him for the life he led. Bobby was a success and enjoyed freedom, his wife is solely responsible for being the force behind him, in him being happy and loving life. Bobby worked in various places and always made friends and would enjoy conversations with many of his co-workers especially with his last employer Cofiroute USA.
He is survived by his wife Edith Garcia Lomax, step-son Xzaver Griffin and his paw babies Spotty & Snowflake. His mother Armellia Lomax, sister Lillie Harris and nephew Malik Barker. Mother in-law Francisca Garcia, Sister In-laws; Yoli Garcia, Mandie Trevino, Nellie (Joe) Amaya all of Austin, Texas. Brother In-laws; Jr (Janie) Garcia, Eddie (Esmer) Garcia both from Mission, Texas, Ernie (Thelma) Garcia from McAllen, Texas. 9 nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces/nephews. And an extended family of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins throughout the states, friends and coworkers.
He was preceded in death by father in-law Emerico Garcia 2009. Adopted father Michael Lomax 2003, biological father Bobby Ray Prater 1997. Biological grandparents Thelma (2004) and George (1973) Prater. Maternal grandparents Lillie Dora (2004) and Uylesses Swampter (1996).
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 18, 2020 at Austin Peel & Son Funeral Home 607 E. Anderson Lane, Austin TX. Visitation will be held from 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. with a Funeral Service to begin at 3:00p.m. Family, friends and others whose lives Bobby touched are invited to speak. Cremation will be held at a later date and Bobby chose to remain with his wife at all times until she joins him.