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Together Again
NORMA LYNNE (JENKINS) GAMAMGE


In the early hours of July 23, 2016, Norma, better known to us as Mom or MeeMaw, flew home with her beloved husband, Manny Gammage, who went on to Jesus 20 years earlier.
Norma was born in a small cabin on the Jenkins family farm, in Madison County, Madisonville, Texas, to Joel Leon and Mildred Mahdeen (Nolen) Jenkins, on December 22, 1938, the second of their three children.  She was a very shy child, who preferred staying home with family as much as possible.  At her father's urging, she would sing with him, but didn't like being in front of too many people.
Norma was also preceeded in death by her mother and father.  She is survived by her sister, N. Leown Byers (husband, Robert), brother Joel L Jenkins, Jr. (wife, Maxine), her son, M. G. "Tex" Gammage (wife, Mary C.), daughters, Phyllis L Gammage and Joella M. Torres (husband, David A.), 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Norma was welcomed into the family business in 1970, because of her artful sewing skills, which she practiced for over 45 years, before retiring last November due to failing eyesight.  She was the epitome of, "the woman behind the man", as Manny became the public face of Texas Hatters for the next 25 years, while she worked tirelessly to turn out the sewing and sometimes leatherwork for the hats he made.  Together, they hatted tens of thousands of people, from all walks of life, over the course of their careers.  They became famous in their own right, by hatting noted people, such as: Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ronnie and Donnie VanZant, Hank Williams, Jr., Burt Reynolds, princesses, princes, kings, presidents, politicians on both sides of the aisle and many more regular people.
Her services will be held Monday August 1st, in Lockhart and Austin. 
The family has requested donations be made in her name, rather than sending flowers, to; Lone Survivor, the American Cancer Society or the Vascular Disease Foundation
Thank you for your kindness and consideration in this time of our grief.
**We will be closed for our annual vacation from August 1st through the 8th.**
In the early hours of July 23, 2016, Norma Lynne (Jenkins) Gammage, flew home with her beloved husband, Manny Gammage, who went to Jesus 20 years earlier. 
Norma was born in a small cabin in Madison County, Madisonville, Texas, to Joel Leon and Mildred Mahdeen (Nolen) Jenkins, on December 22, 1938, the second of three children.  She was a very shy child, who preferred staying home with family as much as possible.  At her father’s urging, she would sing with him, but didn’t like being in front of too many people. 
Norma was also preceded in death by her mother and father.  She is survived by her sister, N. Leown Byers (husband, Robert), brother Joel L. Jenkins, Jr. (wife, Maxine), her son, M. G. “Tex” Gammage (wife, Mary C.), daughters, Phyllis L. Gammage and Joella M. Torres (husband, David A.), 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren.
Norma was welcomed into the family business in 1970, because of her artful sewing skills, which she practiced for over 45 years, before retiring last November due to failing eyesight.  She was the epitome of, “the woman behind the man”, as Manny became the public face of Texas Hatters for the next 25 years, while she worked tirelessly to turn out the sewing and sometimes leatherwork for the hats he made.  Together, they hatted tens of thousands of people, from all walks of life, over the course of their careers.  They became famous in their own right, by hatting noted people, such as: Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ronnie and Donnie VanZant, Hank Williams, Jr., Burt Reynolds, princesses, princes, kings, presidents, politicians on both sides of the isle and many more regular people. 
Still making hats the old way...
A little footage from Joel Aaron Gammage's 5th Annual Hot Rods and Hatters Car Show & Festival, courtesy of Octane Empire:

 

If you are ever in our neighborhood, come on by.  I would love to show you around the store that has been in my family for many years. Let us design the right hat for you.

 

  Joella Torres

  President,

  Texas Hatters

HRP
HAT ROD PRODUCTIONS
Joel Aaron Gammage's 
Hat Rod Productions