|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1931|
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 2012|
Eldredge Creech, 81 of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Woodville Health & Rehab Center in Woodville.
The Creech family moved to the Bethany community of Colmesneil from Shelby County in the early nineteen hundreds. The family became members of Bethany Baptist Church and the children attended school at Colmesneil. Eldredge began directing the music at Bethany Church when he was 12 years old. He always enjoyed family singings as his father sang bass, his mother played the piano and he and his sisters sang harmonious parts taught to them by their father. He used the fa-so-la method taught by the Stamp's Quartet two week music school which the Creech children attended each summer. During his high school years, he played the fiddle and harmonica with the Linvil Gibbs String Band. Then, when the school band was organized in 1949, he played saxophone and was a proud member of the first Colmesneil Marching Band. He graduated Colmesniel High School in 1950. Eldredge then went on to enroll in Lamar College Beaumont. He majored in instrumental music and marching band. He there played alto saxophone and bassoon. After his sophomore year, he continued on to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and received his bachelor's degree in Music in 1954. In November of 1954, Eldredge enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completing boot camp, he was assigned to the Army medical corps and deployed to Germany to complete his 2 years of service. While in Germany he received extensive training in medical services and infantry preparedness. As would be expected, he found his way to singing and playing music with other members of the Special Services and also played in a county band that mostly performed for military service clubs.
After his military service, he spent 2 years traveling in a county band that toured and played as entertainment for special social functions. Then, in 1956 on the urging and recommendation of Lee Taylor, accepted the position of Colmesneil Band Director. While teaching at Colmesneil, he continued his education at Stephen F. Austin and completed his Masters Degree of Music in 1962. While teaching at Colmesneil, he also served as music director for the First Baptist Church of Colmesneil and in 1984, continued his music ministry at Katy Baptist Church. In 1964 he married Gloria Childress from Woodville. They were happily married 39 years and had two daughters, Kristi and Nyla, and together they faithfully served in many capacities of service for the church and the community. Eldredge retired from public school service in 1986 but continued his music ministry by singing and playing fiddle and tenor saxophone with other Colmesneil musicians. Known as the Katy Rejoicer's, they spread the message of God's grace and love to churches all over the East Texas Area. Eldredge has written music and lyrics to more than 50 songs, many of which are stilled used in the local music ministry. Until just a few years ago, he provided music lessons in his home for any of the younger band members expressing interest in improving their playing skill. He also volunteered to help the school in the band program whenever necessary.
Thank you for inspiring and entertaining our community with your beautiful voice and your gift of music for so many years. Unwavering in your beliefs and faithful Christian walk, you have truly been an honorable example for all to follow.
Eldredge was born to Barney W. & Eunice Harris Creech on June 2, 1931 in Bronson, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Childress Creech; daughter, Nyla Molsbee; parents, Barney and Eunice Creech and his sisters, Ruth Roberts, Christine Hollomon and Syble Hufstetler. He is survived by his daughter, Kristi Hughes & husband Michael of Colmesneil; son-in- law Michael Molsbee of Nacogdoches; sister Pauline LaRocca of Beaumont; brother Paul Creech & wife Delores of Mesquite; grandchildren, Luke Bumstead, Micah Bumstead, Shayna Molsbee, Jamie Molsbee, Lane Molsbee, Haiden Hughes, Jackie Ruth Hughes; great grandchildren, Mason Profit, Jaden Molsbee & Mattie Bangle; and many cherished nephews, nieces and dear friends.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:00pm at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville with burial in Bethany Cemetery in Colmesneil. Officiating is Brother Bubba Sheffield. Serving as pallbearers will be Marty Duhon, Curtis Duhon, Curtis Wayne Duhon, Ronnie Hollomon, Brian Tomme, Mike Creech and Kenneth Creech. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Childress, Jim Robbins, Jimmy Chambers, Randy Chambers, Chuck Witt and Curt Witt.
Memorials may be made to Katy Baptist Church, P.O. Box 399, Colmesneil, Texas 75938. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
B W Creech (1896 - 1988)
Eunice Creech (1900 - 1992)
Gloria A Childress Creech (1931 - 2003)
Nyla Elaine Creech Molsbee (1970 - 2009)*
Created by: Pam Johnson
Record added: Jan 16, 2009
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