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George Speights, 82, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on July 15, 2017.
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Commerce, Texas. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will take place at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Cumby, Texas.
Commerce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born April 11, 1935, in Union Valley, Texas, to William Speights and Jessie Gallaway Speights.
George was raised in Union Valley, Texas. He graduated from Quinlan High School in 1952. Following high school he attended East Texas State University in Commerce. George honorably served his country in the United States Army beginning in 1958, being discharged in 1960. He and Betty were married at First Baptist Church-Commerce on March 7, 1958. They have been faithful members there for 35 years.
George enjoyed his family very much. He was definitely a family man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed tending his cattle and working with his hands.
George is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty; children Tami Sanchez, Eddie Speights and wife Laurie, Cindy Dillard and husband Brad and Kelly Broyles and wife Gayle; grandchildren Jennifer Ware, Amber Hollenshead and husband Samuel, Morgan Hinsley and husband Ellis, Stetson Speights, Jessi Dillard, Colton Speights, Jordan Broyles, Taylor Broyles and Kaylee Dillard and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Jessie Speights; brothers Louis Speights, Weldon Speights and Bill Speights; and sister Dorothy Delaney.
Serving as pallbearers for George will be Colton Speights, Stetson Speights, Samuel Hollenshead, Ellis Hinsley, Bruce Ary and Hunter Ary.
Jim Helfferich and Mike Finley will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Mt. Zion Cemetery, First Baptist Church-Commerce, or to a charity of choice.
Published on July 17, 2017
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