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Wilbert Carey Packer

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Monday May 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Visitation: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M.

New Creation Christian Fellowship 

8700 Fourwinds Drive

Interment: Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery @ 1315HOURS

The Journey and Life


Wilbert Carey "Sonny" Packer

Wilbert Carey was first born of Rev. John L. Packer and Kathryne Baylor of Mobile, Alabama on May 27, 1940. He was called to the garden of the Lord for his new body on April 17, 2017 .

Sonny's early education included St. James Catholic School, Dunbar and Booker T. Washington Junior High Schools, Mattie T. Blount High and Central High School from which he graduated.

He joined the U.S. Army following high school making it a twenty year career in communications. During his career, he continued his education at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA and Columbia College, MO acquiring an AA Degree in Communications. ITT was next for computer Science. He then built, repaired and donated computers to children who couldn't afford them. He then taught music and math at ST. Louis area Catholic Schools. He received a "Love Award" from Greeley Community Center for contributing to their ministry.

Pac's love of communication and technology led him to radio and television careers. He worked as an announcer for KATZ, San Antonio during a six year tour during the seventies. As duty called the family to St. Louis, Missouri, he joined KETC, Ch. 9, PBS. There he won the first ever Emmy Award for St. Louis Public Broadcasting for "Jazz At The Moose." Pac participated as a band member at the Carver Community Center during productions like "The Wiz," and other musicals. Love of music was second to none. Sonny was a bass guitarist that loved jazz to the point of adding the stand-up bass to his list of instruments to play, all self-taught! Throughout Texas, Pac was known as "Uptown Bill”, Bill Carey, DJ . His handle for Missouri was "A Class Act." Sonny's last endeavor was that of being an auto-pilot driver.

Packer enjoyed a full and happy life. Enjoying his grandchildren was the joy of his life, and they were his world. Many of their "first" were with him: walking, riding bikes, fishing, camping, driving. He loved them more than life itself and he will be cherished in their memories and sorely missed in their daily lives.

"Sonny" was preceded in death by his parents, baby brother, Kirk Holmes of California, and step-father, Thurmon Holmes of Prichard, Alabama. He leaves to cherish his memories, a dedicated and loving wife of 44 years, Diane Haynes Packer; daughter, Dwana Dominick; grandchildren, Donovan Thigpen-Guidry, Jireh Guidry, and Aislinn Kennedi Alexis; sister, Patricia Hubbard of Flushing New York, and brother, Thurmon "Howard" Holmes of Mobile, Alabama along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of family friends. Boo, we love and miss you.

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