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1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
HAROLD WHITFIELD TERRY Harold Whitfield Terry passed away March 12, 2014 due to complications of dealing with Parkinson' s disease for sixteen years. Harold was born July 4, 1927 in Camden, Mississippi to Whitfield Ward and Ruby Blailock Terry. He had three older sisters, Juanita, Elsie and Melva and two younger brothers, Palmer and Paul. His parents and his siblings all preceded him in death. In l945 at the end of his junior year in high school, Harold, then seventeen years of age and wanting to serve his country, enlisted in the United State Navy. He was sent to Great Lakes for Basic Training where on August 14, V-J Day he was given an honorable discharge as this day marked the end of WWII. He continued his education and graduated from Camden High School and attended Holmes Junior College. Harold came to McAllen, Texas in 1948 and found employment with Dr. Pepper Bottling Company. In 1949 he met Mary Ellen Suttie, a vacationing girl from Wisconsin, and they became engaged and married. On January 7, 2014, they celebrated sixty-four years of marriage. After working ten years with Dr. Pepper, Harold became the first Allstate Insurance Agent to represent the company in 1958 in the Rio Grande Valley. He retired in 2000 after forty-two years with Allstate. Harold was the father of six children: Harold Terry Jr. and wife Becky (Austin, TX), Colleen Jones and husband Robert (Frisco, TX), Marianne Hatsell and husband Gary (Plano, TX), John Terry (McAllen, TX), Elizabeth Fox and husband Brent (Waco, TX), and Samuel Terry and wife Stacy (Frisco, TX). His ten grandchildren are Edward Terry; Robert and Austin Jones; Patricia Terry; Marshall, Mary Carol and David Mac Fox; and Isabelle, Abigail and Juliette Terry. Harold was an active member of the First Baptist Church in McAllen where he was a member for sixty years. He enjoyed serving his community in various ways, some of which were: a member of the old time McAllen Volunteer Fire Department, Scoutmaster, president of the McAllen Quarterback Club, and president of the Memorial Booster Club. Harold worked to develop a boy's baseball group at Lincoln Elementary School in McAllen and served on the McAllen Parks and Recreation Board. He loved visiting with his Allstate customers and helping in any way he could. Harold loved his family, his church, and his country, considering it a privilege and a blessing from God that he had been given the opportunity to live such an abundant life. Visitation will be Sunday, March 16 at Kreidler Funeral Home between 12:00 and 6:00 p.m., with the family from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 17th at First Baptist Church, Broadway and Beech St., McAllen with interment following at 1:00 p.m. at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery, 2520 South Inspiration Rd., Mission, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in his memory to The Vannie E. Cook Jr Cancer Foundation, 101 West Expressway 83, McAllen, Texas 78503. Kreidlerfuenralhome.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor from Mar. 13 to Mar. 16, 2014
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