Minnie Belle (Tillie) McAfee peacefully passed in her sleep on Sunday, the 27th of August 2017. Tillie, a nickname given to her in her youth has lasted a life time. Tillie was born March 16, 1928, the daughter of Ben S. Hicks and Flora B. Hicks in Denton County, Texas. Tillie was preceded in death by husband B.R. (Barney) and their beloved son Michael (Mike). The 21 years Tillie and Barney had Mike were no doubt the best years of their entire lives.
Tillie was also preceded in death by her parents Ben S. and Flora B. Hicks, sisters Bennie R. Monschke, Dorothy Hatridge, and brothers George Judkins and John E. Hicks. She is survived by two sisters, Helen Jemison and husband John, Linda Masten and husband Donald, and one brother, Spencer Hicks and wife Kathryn. She is also survived by several nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.
Tillie married her husband Barney on September 14, 1944. Barney came home on leave to marry the love of his life, Tillie, before shipping out during World War II. During the 69 years the McAfee's were married, they spent much of their time traveling, sometimes for months at a time, seeing many parts of the world.
The McAfee's were always an active part of their community wherever they lived. In Sanger, among their many activities, Tillie and a group of her friends formed a group called "Maws Sewing Circle" which was active for many years. The group enjoyed social activities and delighted community members at parades and other community activities.
The McAfee's were engaged in numerous entrepreneurial endeavors including retail, trucking, farming, and other businesses. The McAfee's are best remembered for organizing and building McAfee Butane Company and later real estate development with their longtime friend, Gerald Stockard. Regardless of the business endeavor, Tillie was always a major part of it.
Tillie will be missed by her family and her many friends including those from Willow Bend, her home for the past several years.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 5-7pm at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:00 am with the Rev. Dickie Amyx officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.
Published on August 28, 2017