Maurice Magee, age 86 of Gatesville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, February 1, 2021 at the Magee Farm near Mound.
Services with burial at Mound Cemetery will be privately held.
William Maurice Magee was born on August 15, 1934, the eldest son of the late Edd and Halley Dunn Magee. He was reared on the family farm, near Mound in Coryell County. He was a graduate of Gatesville High School and John Tarleton College. He married Sue Blanchard, the daughter of Dick and Bertha Anderson Blanchard on February 23, 1955. He and Sue lived to celebrate 65 years of marriage bliss and were blessed with four children to their union. He was a retiree out of the aerospace industry, employed by such companies as Astrodyne, Rocketdyne, and Hercules Corporations. His principle field of endeavor was in the field of Quality Assurance.
Maurice was a current member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He was formerly an active member of White Mound Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon and teacher. He was also a member of the Johnny Watkins Men’s Sunday School Class, where he frequently led music and taught.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Maurice Magee; daughter-in-law, Terri Magee; grandson, Brent Gattis; brother, Dan Hal Magee and sister-in-law, Carolyn Magee.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Magee; daughters, Deborah Sue Keeton and husband, Gary, Kathi Denise Taylor; son, Kerry Magee and wife, Karen; sister, Lou Ann Carr and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Geremy Keeton and wife, Heather, Gip Keeton and wife, Casey, Graig Keeton and wife, Morgan, Barrett Magee and wife, Whitney, Caleb Magee and wife, Leah, Colin Magee, Nicholas Taylor, Lindsay Fitzgerald and husband, Ben; great grandchildren, Garrison, Grant, Madilyn, Gage, Garner, Gehrig, Grady, Aubrie, Cal and Parker.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated memorials be made to the Mound Cemetery Assn., P.O. Box 177, Mound, TX 76558 or charity of choice.
The following poem was written by Maurice and has a special meaning to his family and all who knew him.
THE EARTH IS CALLING
The earth calls me now
and inaudible though it be
I hear it clearly all the same
It’s unquestionably calling me
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
I believe the scripture reads
And so it is with this early flesh
As God has so decreed
Dust thou art, to dust returneth
the cycle of birth and death
The air I breathed while upon this earth
was God’s and not mine to possess
My body was composed of stardust
mingled with earth’s H2O
in proportions similar to Mother Earth
and the universe here below
My spirit, however, is of another world
composed of God’s own breath
a mystical thing of eternal worth
existing long after my earthly death
My soul is a future mystery
Will my individuality survive?
Will my mind, will, and emotions
someday come back to life?
The scriptures suggest that it will
on that future resurrection day
when the souls of the dearly departed
burst forth from their early graves
I’ll stand before my Maker
with my hat in my hand
A quiet nod from an angel
and I’ll move to take the stand
The Judge of heaven will sit quietly
while the angels open the books
to a name I’m most familiar with
and the Judge peers to take a look
I see your name in the Book of Life
Your debts have been paid in full
by Jesus Christ, my only Son
On the hill called Calvary’s skull
Let the record show “Not Guilty”
Please step down from the stand
Issue this man another body
and transport him to the Promised Land