Anthony "Tony" Victor Vessakosol, two-year resident of Rockwall, Texas, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 25, 2017, at the age of 51.
He was born Jan. 12, 1966, in Gladewater, Texas, to Virothai "Vic" Vessakosol and Floy Jeanne (Meadows) Vessakosol. Tony grew up and attended high school in Humble, Texas, played baseball for Blinn Junior College, and later went on to play baseball and graduate from Texas Christian University. He received his master's degree from Texas A&M.
Tony was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He was also a member of Gideons International and First Baptist Church of Rockwall.
Beginning in 1989, Tony devoted 29 years to education and coaching. He was head high school baseball coach in Somerville, Texas, for four years, and later became head high school baseball coach and assistant principal in Cold Springs, Texas. Tony served as elementary principal for 21 years with Rains ISD, Forney ISD, Irving ISD and Grand Prairie ISD. Tony also scouted for the Padres from 1997 to 2006, and scouted for the New York Mets from 2006 to 2009.
Tony is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Donnessa (Myers) Vessakosol; daughters Halley and Addison; parents Vic and Floy Vessakosol; sister Krista Hibbs and husband Dr. Doug; brother Timmy Vessakosol; sisters-in-law Amanda Henry and husband David and Jennifer Fernandez and husband Steve; and brother-in-law Steven Myers and wife Stephanie. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Helen Hope Hibbs, Joey Henry, Ann Henry, Elena Fernandez, Natalie Fernandez, Emily Fernandez, and Caelan Myers.
Tony was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Willa Mae Meadows and Governor Kiat and Samorn Vessakosol; uncles Todd Vessakosol and Charles Meadows; and cousins Bryan Meadows, John Wayne Cox Jr., Lek Vessakosol, and Yai Vessakosol.
Funeral service was held 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug., 30, at First Baptist Church, 610 S. Goliad St., Rockwall, Texas, 75087 with Pastor Steve Swofford officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m. in Friendship Cemetery, 28805 County Road 3107, Gladewater,, 75647. The family received friends Tuesday at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions to support Tony's family may be made at https://www.youcaring.com/vessakosolfamily-915001.
Published on August 30, 2017