OBITUARY

Joseph Rex Trevathan

August 24, 1937March 26, 2021
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Joseph Rex Trevathan, “Rex” lost his battle with cancer and went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, March 26, 2021. Rex was born on Tuesday, August 24, 1937 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

At the age of 19 he enlisted in the US Navy to serve our country on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. During his service he met Mary Frances “Fran” Chambers of Winnsboro, Texas. They married shortly thereafter and have been happily married for 60 years. After leaving the Navy he spent his professional career in aerospace technical publications in Greenville, Texas and retired from E-Systems/Raytheon in February of 1997. He was very active in his life and enjoyed camping and water sports – he loved to be on the water. He had a passion for classic cars, motorcycles, and antique tractors. Most recently he enjoyed traveling in his RV and visiting historical sites. As a devout Catholic and family man, Rex was a longstanding member of the Knights of Columbus.

Rex is survived by his wife Fran; his son, Joseph “Joey” Rex Trevathan, Jr.; daughter, Jana Lea Rushing; and grandson, Justin Kyle Atchison.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Rex Trevathan to St. Jude Cancer fund for Children or The Catholic Education fund at St. Boniface.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Tyler Memorial Funeral Home, with a Rosary service to follow from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. The Celebration of Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chandler, Texas with Father Key officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery.

Services

  • A Time of Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • The Celebration of Mass

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Military Graveside Service

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Memories

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Debbie (DK) Rumph

March 30, 2021

Fran,

I'm so sorry to hear about Rex! He was such a great man to work for! You're in my thoughts and prayers!

Love
DK Rumph

Dawn Rodden

March 28, 2021

Losing your friend’s parents is almost like losing your own. Different, yet still sobering and hard.

Rex Trevathan was a force. Tough as nails. Yet he taught many of us to water ski. and by taught I mean you were gonna learn or die trying!!

I can also see his lily white feet poking up
from the water as he floated with that white ski belt around his waist!! In hindsight, I bet he was peeing!!!

Michael Berdich

March 28, 2021

Posse Thanksgiving 2007

Michael Berdich

March 28, 2021

New Year's Eve 2006

Debra Berdich

March 28, 2021

Dec 2000 at Joe and Moni's to celebrate Moni's graduation.

Debra Berdich

March 28, 2021

Michael Berdich

March 28, 2021

Volleyball was always a bit hit with the Trevathan's. July 2001

Debra Berdich

March 28, 2021

July 2001 at the lake house. As usual Rex and Fran welcomed us with open arms.

Michael Berdich

March 28, 2021

Joe & Moni's wedding was the first time I met Rex and Fran. And ever since Rex always greeted me and my family cheer, grace, generosity, and kindness. Rest easy.

Ann Kesley

March 28, 2021

The most beautiful memory I have of my brother Rex is how he always scooped me up and hugged me tight every time he saw me. From the time I was a little girl until last November when I was standing in his driveway waiting for him to come home from one of his chemo treatments. His infectious smile and his love for his family will always be the shining light in my memory of him. Rest in peace sweet brother.

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