Janet Louise Yackly

Janet Louise Yackly, 61, of Texas City, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 surrounded by her family.  She was born October 28, 1955 to Bill and Louise Wheatley of Texas City.

Janet spent her childhood making memories with her cousins, who became her life-long friends.  Janet was a longtime resident of Texas City and was the co-owner of Grand Prize Barbeque in Texas City for 27 years.  She spent many years pouring into the community of Texas City through their business, her children’s schools, various sports organizations and volunteer groups. Of her many accomplishments, Janet was most proud of being a truly “hands on” mom.  She never missed a baseball, soccer, or volleyball game.  She was the den mom for Cub Scouts and she worked with her grandchildren at dance recitals.  She created a home where her children always felt comfortable bringing their friends.   As wonderful as she was at being a mom, Janet literally shined when she became a grandparent!  Her “babies” were her whole world and she loved them fiercely.  “Nanie” never missed a dance recital, soccer game, school program, school carnival, gymnastics show-off, or piano recital.  There was never a single day that mentioning her grandchildren did not bring a smile to Janet’s face.

Having a big heart Janet loved working with Sr. citizens, with her husband and daughter, cofounded the SeniorShare Program, of Galveston County.

Janet is preceded in death by her parents Bill and Louise Wheatley, her mother-in-law Josephine Yackly.  She is survived by her husband Kevin Yackly, father-in-law Ronald Yackly and his wife Jean, as well as her three children; Jason Hall and his wife Kimberly, Gregory Hall and his fiancée Laura, and Jenna Yackly and Andrew Gutierrez.  Janet is also survived byher siblings Debbie Winkler and her husband Bill, and Mike Wheatley and his wife Linda.  Janet was the beloved “Nanie” to six grandchildren: Payton Marie Gutierrez, Kinsley Grace Gutierrez,  Julianne Grace Hall, Hunter Logan Hall, Angelena Jordan Martinez and Stormie Allison Renevey.  Janet is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins that she loved dearly.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 4:30pm – 7:30pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.  A Funeral Service will be on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 11:00am at The Fellowship Church, at 2222 Hwy 146, Texas City.  Pastors Kevin Herrin and John Robert Wheatley will be officiating.  Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.

The family asks, that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Janet’s name to one of the following charities: SeniorShare  Program of Galveston County Inc., or the Texas City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

Pallbearers will be Mike Wheatley, Gregory Hall, Andrew Gutierrez, Bret Moreau, Sean Casey, Martyn Yackly, and Earl Linder.


  1. My sweet Sister, thank you for always being with me through good times and hard times. You were a rock to me and I miss you so much already. You are in my heart. As you would always reply, ” 10-4″

    Deborah Winkler
  2. Rest In Peace my wonderful mother, it was earned. Not sure how to proceed without you as you have always been there. It’s like a mountain is missing from the horizon now. Every word written there is true and you will be missed by so many.

  3. Oh my sweet, funny, loving cousin, how I will miss you. Your Aunt Johnnie’s front porch has another empty chair. Mama loves you so much and couldn’t wait to make your favorite food when y’all would come to her house…..the infamous chicken salad !!!!! She probably will never make it again, because nobody else is special enough !!!! LOL. You always said you were her favorite and you may have been right. I will miss you smile, your laugh, your hilarious comebacks. ( you inherited that from Aunt Ese). I have too many memories to count. Great memories of childhood: spending the night with Nanie or Aunt Dorothy or Cookie. Waitressing at Cedar Creek Lodge Cafe, when we were kids. Swimming in Lake Whitney. Eating burgundy brisket, on the boat,that Erma made. Eating lasagna that Your Aunt Mary made. Getting in ” trouble” from Nanie for splashing the bath water. Getting those snazzy haircuts form Jackie Allen. The bait camp you and Lamar ran, when y’all lived out on the dyke. Sneaking beer when we running around with Max and Randy. Early morning Shipley donuts. Jack in the box tacos, by the sackful !!!!!! Oh my dear cousin. We knew how to have fun. I love you and I will miss you. Happy Trails and I will see you down the road !!!!! I love you

    Judy Oates Smithwick
  4. Janet was a wonderful person and will be missed dearly. Kevin, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God give you each the comfort that you need.

  5. Seeing this makes it real. How do I say good-bye to my sister/friend? I love you dearly and will miss you. To all of Janet’s family and friends, I have us all in my prayers. Janet was the best! I love you, Bird!!

    Kathy Eads
  6. I was shocked to see this.Kevin and family u have my deepest condolences. I have nothing but fond memories of Janet.(GP days) She was kind hearted, smart, joyful. Janet loved her family/ people.It wont be a replica of Janet. May God continue to keep ur family and closest friends in his loving care. Praying for y’all strength. love u Kev!
    Sincerely, Althea

    Althea Thomas
  7. My prayers and tears go out to the
    Yackly family.If there is anything I
    can do to help please call.

    Jan Fletcher
  8. I am sorry for your loss. Pray God gives you strength and comfort.

    Marie Franklin
  9. Kevin-Greg-Jason-Mike-Debbie:
    We were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Janet.
    She was a wonderful neighbor and friend to all of us for many years.
    Always loved getting to catch up with her when we would walk into
    GrandPrize. She always asked about our family because she put her
    Family first. We know how close she was to all of you and know that
    You will carry her in your heart the rest of your lives. Thank God you
    Have such wonderful memories of her and we do too. God be with you
    Until we all meet again. We will donate to the Senior Share program
    In her memory. God bless you and give you Peace.
    The Casper Family. Jerry-Carol-Jeremy-Jennifer & families.

    Carol Casper

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