OBITUARY

Royce Edwin Read Jr.

December 29, 1950April 19, 2021
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Royce Edwin Read, Jr., 70, of Lufkin, was born December 29, 1950 in Lufkin, Texas, the son of the late Mary (Johnston) and Dr. Royce Edwin Read, Sr. He passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 in a Lufkin nursing facility.

Royce was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was retired from Farmer’s Insurance as claims manager. He loved mentoring claims adjusters and helping them in their careers. Royce was a music teacher, worship leader and real estate broker. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He enjoyed riding his horse down Tulane Drive to visit his grandparents when he was a child. He wanted to be a professional musician, and as a teenager, he enjoyed playing with the Sin City Soul Band. He was a gifted musician who could listen to a song and play it immediately. Outreach, his beloved gospel group, had an album recorded and produced at the Gaither Studios.

Royce enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing, hunting and playing the piano. Royce spent many years water skiing on Lake Sam Rayburn. He enjoyed working in Glorieta, New Mexico at a church camp as the assistant baker. Building the house at Ft. Davis was one of his fondest memories. His proudest moments were when his sons were born; his grandchildren made him smile.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Read; sons and daughters-in-law, Royce Edwin Read III and Emily Read and Russell Edens Read and Jessica Read; grandchildren, Raeleigh Read, Royce Edwin Read IV, Holly Read, Seth Read, Gentry Read, and Hattie Grace; siblings, Nancy (Read) and Steve Hicks, Jane (Read) and Mark Reily, Stan and Amy Read, and Lauren (Read) and John Saunders III.

In addition to his parents, Royce was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Hampton and Jessie Edens Johnston and Erastus and Erma McClain Read.

Memorial contributions in Royce’s memory may be made to a church of your choice; or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P. O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163..

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Noon on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 356 I D Weeks Lane, Burke, Texas. Private reception to follow.

Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Rebecca Read, Wife
  • Royce Edwin Read III and wife Emily, Son
  • Russell Edens Read and wife Jessica, Son
  • Raeleigh Read and Royce Edwin Read IV, Grandchildren
  • Holly Read and Seth Read, Grandchildren
  • Gentry Read and Hattie Grace, Grandchildren
  • Nancy (Read) and husband Steve Hicks, Sister
  • Jane (Read) and husband Mark Reily, Sister
  • Stan Read and wife Amy, Sister
  • Lauren (Read) and husband John Saunders III, Sister
  • Royce was preceded in death by his parents, Mary (Johnston) and Dr. Royce Edwin Read, Sr.; and his grandparents, William Hampton and Jessie Edens Johnston and Erastus and Erma McClain Read.

Services

15 May

Memorial Service

12:00 pm

356 I D Weeks Lane


Burke, Texas

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Lindy Johnson

May 14, 2021

Royce was a childhood friend of mine for several years. We were close and had many good times together. His musical talent was always something that brought him pleasurable moments. Royce was kind to me and will always be in my memories. His father saved me on more than one occasion. Best wishes to Nancy and all of Royce's family.

James Doland

April 22, 2021

Enjoyed working with Royce at Farmers Insurance. Sorry to hear of his passing. May God bless Royce and his family.

Tom Paxson

April 22, 2021

Fondly remember our “road trip” to Fort Davis with the three Royces and Will to redo floors trying to figure out why the government needed to do a study to determine if an Air Force base could be converted to an airport (Bergstrom). My sincere condolences!❤️🙏

Will Hicks

April 22, 2021

Royce was a great uncle and fortunate to have the opportunity to vacation with him and his family (cousins Russell & Royce III) on many occasions growing up.

I always remember asking him how much longer on these long road trips and would always respond with “about an hour.” I would finally stop asking but had a great sense of humor. He also taught me to truly enjoy and appreciate the outdoors (never allowing Russell or I to turn on the TV).

Lots of wonderful memories and will be greatly missed.

Will

Kim & Cindy Kadlec

April 21, 2021

Russell and family,

Our hearts are breaking for you, but rejoicing in the wonderful memories you have with your sweet father!

May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time knowing your dad is at peace also!

Kim & Cindy Kadlec

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