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Davis-Morris Funeral Home

800 Center Ave, Brownwood, TX

OBITUARY

Terry Eugene McEwen

May 28, 1950August 28, 2019

Terry E. McEwen, 69, of Brownwood, TX passed away on August 28, 2019, in Dallas, TX from complications of pancreatic cancer. Born May 28,1950, in Jacksonville, FL, he was the son of Raleigh O. McEwen, Jr. and Eileen Parish McEwen. He attended school in Macclenny, FL and Webster, FL. He graduated from Cook High School, Adel, GA in 1968. He joined the Navy, serving aboard the USS Thomaston until his tour of duty ended in 1970. In 1972, he reenlisted into the Air Force and retired in 1995 as a SMSgt after 23 years of service. Receiving a B.S. degree during his military service, he began a teaching career in Decatur, TX, by developing the first Alternative School program for the district. He continued his education and earned a Masters of Education and Administration Certification. Next he served as Principal in Slidell, TX; then at Victory Field – Texas Youth Commission in Vernon, TX; and at Gainesville State School - TYC until his retirement in 2013. Terry’s captivating personality embodied the real meaning of “Living, Loving and Laughing” and he never met a stranger. Terry’s paternal grandfather, Raleigh O. McEwen, Sr, was his role model and fostered his love of learning, reading and “being a great thinker.” Terry was a generous man who gave freely of his time to promote literacy, as he taught GED classes throughout his career and during retirement. He was also a Gideon and passionately shared his Christian beliefs. His legacy will live on in the memories of those who love him. He is remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, friend, teacher, and “Gdaddy”. He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Edith “Edie” Talley McEwen; beloved daughters, Teresa McEwen of McKinney, TX and Heather (Justin) McFarland of Mason, TX and his cherished grandchildren Hannah, Elizabeth, Abigail and Nathaniel; mother, Eileen P. Harris and stepfather, Jack Harris of Nashville, GA; sister, Janice (John) Bonnell of Valdosta, GA; sister-in-law, Lonna McEwen of Savannah, GA; uncle, C. E. “Pete” Parish; stepbrother, Johnny Harris of Atlantic Beach, FL; stepsister, Ann Mary Hampton of Arizona and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Terry is preceded in death by his father Raleigh O. McEwen, Jr. and his brother, Robert “Bobby” O. McEwen, and a stepbrother, Doug Harris. Funeral services will be held on September 7, 2019 at 10:30 am at the First Baptist Church of Brownwood, TX. Interment will be immediately after the service at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early, TX. Condolences can be conveyed online at www.davis-morrisfuneralhome.com. Memorial donations in memory of Terry may be made to Gideons International and First Baptist Brownwood Building Fund.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Edith “Edie” Talley McEwen; beloved daughters, Teresa McEwen of McKinney, TX and Heather (Justin) McFarland of Mason, TX and his cherished grandchildren Hannah, Elizabeth, Abigail and Nathaniel; mother, Eileen P. Harris and stepfather, Jack Harris of Nashville, GA; sister, Janice (John) Bonnell of Valdosta, GA; sister-in-law, Lonna McEwen of Savannah, GA; uncle, C. E. “Pete” Parish; stepbrother, Johnny Harris of Atlantic Beach, FL; stepsister, Ann Mary Hampton of Arizona and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

    Terry is preceded in death by his father Raleigh O. McEwen, Jr. and his brother, Robert “Bobby” O. McEwen, and a stepbrother, Doug Harris.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bill Belew, Active Pallbearer
  • Jack Stanford, Active Pallbearer
  • Rick Martin, Active Pallbearer
  • Ed Cosgrove, Active Pallbearer
  • Ric Gomez, Active Pallbearer
  • Jim Nance, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019

Memories

Terry Eugene McEwen

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Lonna McEwen

September 7, 2019

Dear Edie, Teresa, Heather and family, my heart breaks for y’all as we all grieve. No words can convey the feelings. Loved this crazy brother-in-law. Always enjoyed our phone conversations when he called for Bobby, but he had only me to talk to cause Bob was not home. He and Bob are now connecting in the best place. They both were healed from earthly illnesses and restored to perfect bodies. I’m sorry I could not come personally but know you have been in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord give you comfort and peace as only He can do. Love Lonna

Renae (McEwen) Lowe

September 6, 2019

Aunt Edie, Teresa, Heather and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Terry was one of a kind and he will truly be missed. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to spend time together a few years ago in Tallahassee and that my husband could meet him. He always told the best stories and kept everyone laughing. Please know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
Hugs~ Renae & Brian Lowe

Fonda Fox

September 6, 2019

Dear Edie, I am so sorry for your loss. Marshall passed away in April, so I really know what you are going through. Love, Fonda Fox

Jill Eder

September 6, 2019

Dearest McEwen family,
My heart is breaking for all of you. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Terry. I know he was an amazing man and will be missed by so many. You will all be in my heart and in my prayers.
Much love,
Jill Eder

Michael Turner

September 5, 2019

Terry led schools for years in North Texas, especially serving youth who needed help to see their God-given potential. He was a consummate professional who brought passion and insight to his work. Texas youth are better for his presence. Many of us are better for how he shared his life. Thank you, good sir, and blessings to you.

Delilah Cantu

September 4, 2019

Just wanted to say the few times I got to see Mr McEwen, that he always had a smile on his face and such a positive attitude. I’ve never met anyone with so much peace. He glowed. Mrs McEwen, my heart goes out to you as do my prayers for you and all the family. (I’m the nurse at Dr Altstatts office) if you ever need anything or just a shoulder, please call me. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Gloria Madison

September 4, 2019

So sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. He was a special person and a great principal. May God be with you and guide you through this difficult time. I know the family will have wonderful memories of him.

Thomas Rawle

September 4, 2019

I had the pleasure of treating Terry for several years. A very nice person and a true joy to have known him. My condolences to his family.

Thomas Rawle

Jack Diltz

September 4, 2019

I was very blessed by working with Terry at Victory Field. He was an inspiration to me and all who worked with him.
He contributed to education he touched and changed many lives both students and educators. It was truly an honor to know him and call him my friend .

Sincerely,
Jack Diltz

Peggy Owens

September 4, 2019

I had the privilege of working with and for Terry in the Veterans Office. He was such a delight, I always looked forward to his visits. He was a great example of what a Christian should be. My condolence to Edie and the family.

Peggy Owens,
Retired Veterans Service Officer
Wise County, Decatur, Texas