Zelda Fay (Wilburn) Nail May 5, 1932 - May 5, 2020 Zelda Fay (Wilburn) Nail of Riviera, Texas, passed away on May 5, 2020 at the home of her daughter in Liverpool, Texas. Zelda was born on May 5, 1932 to Felix Burse Wilburn and Rutha Ann Savannah Gray in Appleby, Nacogdoches County, Texas.

She was a retired homemaker and a member of Ricardo Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Zelda is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, O’Bryan Nail and one son David O’Bryan Nail. She is also predeceased by her parents, four sisters, and four brothers. Zelda is survived by three daughters, Brenda Culpepper, Sandra Strubhart (Bud), Deborah Simburger, and one son Mark Nail; one sister, Melba Brown; one brother, Harold Wilburn (Cindy); seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-greatgrandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Interment will be in Corinth Cemetery, near Timpson, in Shelby County, Texas. Due to the pandemic, private graveside services will be held at a later date.

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Rev. Msgr. James E. Harris

It was with a mixture of sadness and joy that I received the news of Miss Zelda's death. I met her when I was a small boy and my Aunt Martha Wood and her family lived next door to the Nail family near the school in Riviera, Texas. My cousin Robbie and I were Mark's age. My memories of Zelda are of a woman who was kind, cheerful, and generous. She was always available to help my Aunt, who is also my godmother and so a very special person in my life. It is not like Zelda had nothing else to do. She had her own family to take care of. She was an excellent seamstress and used to sew for my cousins, Cathy and Ginny. It seems that she was good at most things and a perfectionist in many. I remember also how kind she was to my grandmother, Mrs. Henry Schneider, whom she would visit occasionally as in those years she was alone at home at the farm at Vattmann and my grandfather was generally out taking care of his fields. My grandmother really enjoyed those visits and was very fond of Zelda. I remember in later years when I would be in HEB's in Kingsville and see Zelda. She always had a ready smile and a kind word, always asking about how others in my family were getting along. It was always a pleasure and so uplifting to see Zelda again. She didn't seem to change much physically and her kindness and wholesomeness never seemed to wane. I am glad that this obituary came out in the Kingsville Record. When I heard of Zelda's death, I had tried to find an address for one of her family members through a cousin, but to no avail. I wished to write a letter and say these things about her. I still remember how sweet her voice was when she spoke. I read in her obituary that she sang in the choir at the Baptist Church in Riviera. I am confident that Zelda still sings in the choir, the choir of heaven. Zelda is one of those outstanding people who will not go down in history books as a great and important person. Her audience was God and he cannot help but be pleased by her Christian charity and cheerfulness. Though she knew sorrow in her life, she offered it to God and kept going. Hers was a life worth living. I have not seen her in probably twenty-five years, but the memories of how kind she was to members of my family are still fresh in my mind. I don't write an obituary every time I see that someone I knew has died, but I really felt a deep need, if even for my own sake, to express these grateful sentiments about a Lady who knew what real life was about and is now living that life to the full. She was a great example to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May God bless you her family as you grieve her loss. Rev. Msgr. James E. Harris - Laredo, Texas

Debbie Nail

Debbie Nail Simburger

June 25, 2020

Reverend Msgr. James E. Harris,

Thank you so much for your kind and sincere words. My mother loved your Aunt Martha and Grandmother, Ms. Schneider, as well as all Martha's children. I enjoyed them living next door to us. On many occasions I went with my mother to visit Ms. Schneider and, I suppose, your Mother, Mary Harris. She is a special lady. I met all her children so I must know you from a distant past. I know my mother can read your words from heaven and she is smiling. I went with her many times to take clothing and groceries to families in Riviera who were less fortunate than my family. We didn't have much but had everything we needed. My mother was kind and had a big heart and a giving spirit. God bless your for warming our hearts.

Debbie Nail Simburger

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