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2011-02-17 / Obituaries

Virgil “Speck” Thomas Haggard Sr.

May 16, 1915 - February 10, 2011

Mr. Haggard passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Bellville General Hospital.

Virgil “ Speck” Thomas Haggard Sr. was born on May 16, 1915 in Manchester, Tennessee to Thomas Jefferson & Rena Mae (May) Haggard. Speck was united in marriage to Mildred Morrison on August 5, 1939 in Cameron, Texas. They had six children. He retired from Alcoa in Rockdale in 1975 where he had been employed as a Pot Room Operator. He was also a longtime farmer who loved to hunt, fish, take care of his animals and grow his garden. Speck enjoyed riding his horse “Smokey” and was a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse for many years.

He moved to Shelby following his retirement from Alcoa and married Vallie Trouper in March of 1986. They loved playing dominoes, fishing and working in the yard. She preceded him in death on December 26, 2001. Speck was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred Haggard; his second wife, Vallie Haggard; his daughter, Maxine Haggard; his son, V.T. Haggard Jr.; two sisters, Beulah Haggard and Fannie Simmons; two halfbrothers, Kenneth Grey and David Grey and a half-sister, Lucille Price.

Survivors include his four daughters, Jo Ann & Earl Griffith of Blue, Joyce & Clarence Hamff of Giddings, Tommy Nell & David “Moe” Moore of Houston and Beverly & James Wilson of Giddings; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 13 great, great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Virgil “Speck” Haggard, 95 of Shelby, Texas, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Rockdale, Texas with Pastor Linda Mosley officiating. Visitation was held on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family was present for visitation Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p m.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelby, 6814 Skull Creek Road, Fayetteville, Texas 78940-5056 or the charity of one’s choice.

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