Clifton Eugene "Gene" Teague

September 26, 1923November 19, 2012

Clifton Eugene Teague

Funeral Services for Clifton Eugene (Gene) Teague, 89, of Frisco, Texas, formally of Sherman and Richardson, Texas, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 7990 Geo Bush Turnpike, Dallas, Texas. Burial will follow at 2:00 PM at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas. Officiating will be Reverend Dr. Clayton Oliphint of First United Methodist Church, Richardson, Texas. Family visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, November 24, 2012, from 5 to 9 pm. Gene passed away on Monday, November 19. 2012, at Prestonwood Rehabilitation Hospital in Plano, Texas, following a brief illness. Gene was born September, 26, 1923, in Salado, Texas to Clifton C. and Jo Lisenbe Teague. He attended high school in San Augustine, Texas. Gene joined the Navy November 10, 1942, during WWII serving on a Destroyer Escort in the Atlantic and Pacific fronts as an electrician’s mate and motion picture technician. While in the service, Gene received the WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal with one star, the European Theater Medal and the Good Conduct Medal for three years of perfect conduct. Gene was discharged December 7, 1945. He married Estelle (Stella) Hargis on August 14, 1944, in Orange Texas. He was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas. Following discharge from the United States Navy, Gene worked as a lineman for Teague & Goodman Construction Company. In 1949, the partnership of C. C. Teague and Son Construction Company was formed which later became Teague Industries. He organized the purchase of Jacques Hole Digger Company of Dallas which became Texoma Enterprises, Inc., later bought by G.W. Murphy, Inc., which is currently Reed Tool Company. He served as manager for 15 months and Board of Directors of G. W. Murphy for 5 years. While living in Sherman, Gene was active in the Sherman Jaycees serving as Vice-President. He was a member of the Sherman Kiwanis Club heading the Committee for funding projects. He was the founder of the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast along with the Ford Coin Machine project. These projects are still used today. Gene was co-founder of the Sheriff’s Posse of Grayson County, co-founder of Texoma National Bank (now American Bank), and Texoma Savings & Loan serving on the boards of both institutions. He served on the board of The First United Methodist Church in Sherman, Director at Large of The Sherman Chamber of Commerce, and was advisory Director for The Salvation Army serving as Chairman for 2 years. He was honored by the Salvation Army for his service by the naming their new Chapel, The Gene Teague Memorial Chapel. Gene was the founder of The Texoma Exposition and Live Stock Show serving as President for 5 years. Gene was instrumental in securing a long term lease from the US Government to turn Perrin Field into an industrial Park. He served on the Board of the Grayson County Aviation Committee. He was Vice-President of The Texoma Area Boy Scouts of America and also served on The Leadership Committee of Austin College. Gene and Stella moved to Richardson in 1983. While in Richardson he served as president of The Power-Communication-Contractors Association, was a member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce serving on the Board of Directors and was Past President. Gene was chosen as Citizen of the Year in 1996 for the city of Richardson. He was a member of the Richardson Rotary Club serving as President and being honored with The Paul Harris Fellow Award. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of The Richardson Symphony. Gene founded the Texas Chamber of Commerce which is now known as The Texas Association of Business – Texas Chambers of Commerce. He was president of East Texas Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of The Sesquicentennial for The East Texas Chamber of Commerce. He was also a Board Member of General Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Gene was a Mason for over 50 years being a member of the Travis Lodge #117 in Sherman, was a Scottish Rite Mason in Dallas, Texas, and Shriner being a member of the Hella Temple in Dallas, Texas. He was a long time supporter of the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. Gene was preceded in death by his parent; C.C and Jo Teague; sister, Dorothy Sharon Teague; his wife of over 60 years, Stella; daughter, Connie Sharon Borg; grandson, Mathew Gene Harrison; and son-in-law, Joe Max Shelton. He is survived by daughter Stellagene Shelton of Sherman; daughter and son-in-law, Dianna and Richard Curtis of Plano; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kathi Teague of Plano and Pat and Debbie Teague of Frisco; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bobbie and Orville Todd of Henderson; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity of choice. You may sign the online guest book at


  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

Clifton Eugene "Gene" Teague

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Barbara Hayes

December 3, 2012

I miss you, Gene! I'll never forget you! You will always and forever be in my heart!

Mike Teague

November 29, 2012

John Shuffler

November 29, 2012

Gene was an inspiration to all associated with the Richardon Chamber. Carolyn and I wish his family the best.

Jeffrey Pettit

November 28, 2012

Please accept our condolences. I had worked for Teague Industries for 23 years. Gene and his father would show up on the job site and always asked his employees were doing. Gene genuinely cared for all of his employees. He will surely be missed.

Jeffrey and Patricia Pettit

Stephen McAnaney

November 26, 2012

So Sorry for your loss.

Danny Akers

November 26, 2012

Our sincerest condolences to the Teague family.

Barbara, Danny, and VonNeita Akers

November 26, 2012

Pat and Mike you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan Mclaughlin and Traci Cockrell Triton Supply

November 26, 2012

Mike & Kathy,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Gene was a terrific person who left a lasting legacy for his family and community. We hope that you are comforted as you remember the good times you shared with him.
Brenda & John Longstreet (Hermitage, PA)

Jack Harvard

November 24, 2012

I never met a finer man, or a better father.

November 24, 2012

Dianna, Stellagene, Mike, Pat and family, I am so sorry for your loss and that I cannot be there to share hugs. You guys were such a very special part of my growing up in Sherman. The loss will be felt by so many others as well. Your Dad was something else!!! I am grinning right now because I can see the gleam in his eyes as he knew that he was always one step ahead of whatever we kids had going on! I told so many students of mine over the years about my friend who had a Radar Range in 1962 that could bake a potato in half the time of an very first knowledge of a microwave and the only one that I knew of in town! The last time I saw your Dad, I think at Steve Robards' service, I shared this little story with him that happened one summer we were in college...after a party night that led James Ross and a few of us into Oklahoma at a wee hour, James Ross walked into work the next morning and the first words out of your Dad's mouth were something about our excursion across the border! James Ross called me and said how in the world did he know to which I simply replied, "He's Gene Teague. What can I say?" Your Dad just roared and reminded me that he always had an eye on things. And thank the good Lord that he did! You may not remember that your Dad was also responsible for me getting to finish college. When there was no money for those last two years, your Dad saw to it that I got a loan with no signature from my family who couldn't afford it. What a special man he was. I wish that I could be with you today. Dianna, you are in my thoughts so often, but you know that I don't call or use Facebook very well. I promise to do better in this coming year! To all of you, my prayers are with you. And you know what? Your Dad isn't he'll have his hands full keeping guard over Connie and Cindi who are surely back together giggling about what they can get into next...tears and love to all. Great memories will always give us smiles.
Friends forever, Nancy White Penny (Hudson Oaks, TX)