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In Memory of

Paul T. Rackley

June 8, 1933 - May 17, 2017

Obituary


Paul Thomas Rackley, Jr. moved to his heavenly home on May 17, 2017. He was just short of his 84th birthday. He was born to Paul Thomas Rackley and Veltman Agnes Taylor Rackley of Chapman Ranch, on June 8, 1933. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marion Grace Colwell Rackley; daughters, Diane Grace Dreier and Laura Kay Rackley; grandson, Daniel Alan Dreier; granddaughter, Erin Leigh Dreier; nephews, Hollis (Carol Jean) Kirkpatrick, Tommy (Connie) Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick and numerous cousins, great nephews, nieces, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents...

Paul Thomas Rackley, Jr. moved to his heavenly home on May 17, 2017. He was just short of his 84th birthday. He was born to Paul Thomas Rackley and Veltman Agnes Taylor Rackley of Chapman Ranch, on June 8, 1933. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marion Grace Colwell Rackley; daughters, Diane Grace Dreier and Laura Kay Rackley; grandson, Daniel Alan Dreier; granddaughter, Erin Leigh Dreier; nephews, Hollis (Carol Jean) Kirkpatrick, Tommy (Connie) Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick and numerous cousins, great nephews, nieces, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Veltman Rackley; his sister, and brothers-in-law, Mozelle and Ernest Kirkpatrick, and his niece, Carol Kirkpatrick.



He attended Chapman Ranch Elementary School, Driscoll Jr. High School, the Baptist Academy in San Marcos, Corpus Christi High School, and graduated with the very first class of W.B. Ray High School in 1950. He sang in the Corpus Christi High School choir. They performed a live concert that was broadcast nationwide. He and his family attended the Chapman Ranch Baptist Church where he was saved at age 12.



He grew up helping his dad on the farm. Upon graduating, he rented 120 acres close to Driscoll, TX and began his 64 year farming career. Farming was his calling in life.



He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church and Lexington Baptist Church where he continued to sing in the choirs. He was ordained a deacon at Lexington in 1962. He served there in various “behind the scenes” positions. He was a kind, quiet, gentle spoken, and well-respected man. He had a generous, caring spirit, always willing to give of himself to help others in need. When his daughters were growing up, he enjoyed taking them “farming” with him and it was a tradition that he carried on with his grandchildren. They all looked forward to spending time with Daddy or “Papa” on the farm.



The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Nowotny, Cimmaron Place Health and Rehabilitation staff, Harbor Hospice staff, and to the numerous church members, family, friends and neighbors for their faithful visits, support and prayers.



Visitation will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, Old Brownsville Rd, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm with a Memorial service starting at 2:00 pm. Services will conclude in the chapel.



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