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Iris Imogene 'Tommye' McGuire

May 25, 2013

Iris Imogene “Tommye” McGuire, 92, of Big Spring and formerly of Lamesa, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Big Spring. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Lamesa with Gerald Parsons officiating and Wayne Smith assisting. Burial will follow in Lamesa Memorial Park under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Branon Funeral Home.

Tommye was born July 16, 1920, in Clarenden, Texas to John and Iris McQueen. She married Van McGuire Feb. 16, 1943 in Memphis, Texas. He preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1989. They were married for 46 years.

Tommye and Van moved to Lamesa in 1948. Tommye worked as a house parent at the Buckner Children’s Home in Dallas, Texas for eight years. She was a Sunday school and G.A. teacher as well as the pianist for Northside and Crestview Baptist Church for many years. Tommye traveled around the area singing in churches and witnessing to others about God.

Tommye is survived by her daughters, Janice Creel of Big Spring, Texas, Vannette Gill and husband Gary of New Braunfels, Texas and Sarah Lee McGuire of Lamesa, Texas; a brother, Bill McQueen and wife Trilby of Oklahoma City, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Andrea Ekdahl of Kileen, Texas, Billy Ray Newton of Coahoma, Texas, Mark Newton of Hobbs, N.M., Kevin Newton of Montgomery, Texas, Michael Creel of Big Spring, Texas, Aimee Schmucker of New Braunfels, Texas and Amanda Lentz of Seminole, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren with another on the way.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Van; daughter, Wylena Newton; brothers, Happy and Ollie McQueen; sisters, Sarah Kilgore and Rutha Lee Selle; son-in-law, Robert Creel; grandsons, Craig Creel and Van Olin Newton; and great-grandson, Michael Robert Creel.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief fund by calling 866-407-6262.

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