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Joe Lee McCreary
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Birth: Dec. 12, 1914
Death: Nov. 3, 2006

Joe Lee McCreary, 91, Passes Away

Joe Lee McCreary, beloved citizen and civic leader of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday, November 3, at the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Facility in Luling, Texas.
Joe Lee was born December 12, 1914 in Eagle Lake, where he resided his entire life.

He was a 1933 graduate of Eagle Lake High School and a 1938 graduate of Texas A&M College with a degree in business.

After graduation from A&M he returned to Eagle Lake to work in the family business interests of Eagle Lake Furniture Company, McCreary Funeral Home and other land and ranching interests.

On September 11, 1939 he was united in marriage with Eleanor Louise Reese, and from this union two children were bornóDoris Marie McCreary Terrell and Joe Herbert McCreary. After Eleanor's death in April of 1993, he married Ethel Cone.

Joe Lee's community involvement began early due to the influence of his parents, Joe H. and Ora Lee McCreary, who taught him that helping his fellow man should be a way of life. He carried on that tradition as an active member of Christ Episcopal Church since 1939, a charter member of the Eagle Lake Lions Club, a charter member of the Eagle Lake Chamber of Commerce, and a charter member of the Prairie Edge Museum.

As a Master Mason of The Eagle Lake Lodge 366, he was a recipient of the Golden Trowel Award for exceptional service and received his 65-year pin. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and the Arabia Temple Shrine.

He also served as past president of the Colorado Valley Shrine Club. He remained a loyal member of the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M. Over the years Joe Lee received recognition in many forms to include Colorado County Outstanding Older Texan Man in 1996, and Grand Marshall of the City of Eagle Lake Christmas Parade of Lights in 2003.

Most recently he was the honoree at the Rice Medical Center Employee Volunteers' 11th Annual Harvest Ball recognizing his donation of the nine acres of land where the current Rice Medical Center is located. Joe Lee will be remembered for his positive attitude toward life, his humor and his dedication to family and to the community of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Hartwell and Ora Lee McCreary; his wife of 53 years, Eleanor; and his second wife Ethel.

Survivors include his daughter, Doris McCreary Terrell and husband, Dick Terrell, of Fort Worth; son, Joe Herbert McCreary and wife, Candy Foster McCreary, of Eagle Lake; three grandchildren, Faira Lee Terrell Stevick and husband, Dean, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, Richard Forrest Terrell and wife, Nicole, of Auburndale, Florida, and Christopher Lee McCreary of Eagle Lake; three great grandchildren, Alison Marie Stevick, Richard Brandon Terrell and Nathan Hunter Terrell.

Funeral services were held Monday at Christ Episcopal Church with interment at Lakeside Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to either The Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children in Houston, Christ Episcopal Church of Eagle Lake, or the Lion's Eye Bank.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9th, 2006

father Joe Hartwell McCreary
mother Ora Lee McCreary

2nd wife Ethel Cone 1921-2000 
Family links: 
  Joe H. McCreary (1894 - 1960)
  Ora Lee McCreary (1896 - 1962)
  Eleanor Louise McCreary (1917 - 1993)
Lakeside Cemetery
Eagle Lake
Colorado County
Texas, USA
Created by: Janet Bertram
Record added: Mar 28, 2013
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Joe Lee McCreary
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Joe Lee McCreary
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