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Ben Lanier High


1930 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Ben Lanier High Obituary
Ben Lanier High went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
The family will be receiving friends and family at a visitation at the McCoy funeral home in Sweetwater on Friday, Jan. 9 from 5-7 p.m.
The funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Sweetwater, with the burial immediately following at the Roscoe Cemetery with full military honors performed by the United States Air Force Honor Guard directed by McCoy Funeral Home.
Ben was born on March 13, 1930 in the Caps community of Taylor County, Texas and attended school in Clyde and Roscoe, Texas. He was a graduate of Texas Tech University and later received a Master's Degree from McMurry University. Ben served in the U.S. Air Force and Reserves for 28 years, including active duty in Korea in 1952 and 1953. He married Gaynell Cleckler of Roscoe, Texas on Thanksgiving Day 1954. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Ben and Gaynell lived in Ballinger, Texas for two years before moving to Sweetwater in 1956. Ben was retired from Sweetwater ISD after 33 years as principal of East Ridge and Philip Nolan Elementary Schools in Sweetwater. He was an active member of Sweetwater First United Methodist Church. Ben was a longtime member of the Sweetwater Lions Club serving as President and District Governor. He also volunteered for many years with the Boy Scouts of America, serving both as a local Troop 140 leader and on the Chisholm Trail Council board. Ben was an avid golfer. He volunteered for 15 consecutive years as a marshal for the Colonial PGA golf tournament in Fort Worth. He also enjoyed building and repairing golf clubs, running a repair shop in Sweetwater for many years. Ben and Gaynell loved to travel and took many wonderful trips including Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Canada and Hong Kong.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Maxine Peevey and Floyd High.
Survivors include his wife, Gaynell Cleckler High of Sweetwater; son, Gary and his wife Karen of Johns Creek, GA; treasured grandchildren, Catherine and Camille High; and his sister, Jane Pritchard and husband Tom of Brock, TX.
Pallbearers will be Jack Pritchard, Mike Alexander, Hugh Aljoe, Zhan Aljoe, Kendell Cleckler and Monte Richburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Sweetwater, 309 Cedar Street, Sweetwater, TX 79556.
Online Condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6, 2015
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