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Graveside services for James Weldon McCord, 82, of Gainesville, are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Trinity Cemetery in Wilmer, TX, located at North Goode Rd and Cottonwood Valley Rd, with great-nephew Shane Reed officiating. Mr. McCord will lie in repose at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 16.
Weldon was born on December 27, 1934 in a dugout at his family home in Lamb County, TX to James S. and Johnie Ray (Wood) McCord. He passed away at his home in Gainesville, TX on August 13, 2017.
Dad impacted many, many, young men and women during his long career as a coach, including coaching both of his kids, Gayla and Jeff. His successful coaching career began in Linden, but also included stops in Trinity, Silverton, Lindsay, and Gainesville. In each of these towns, Dad left a legacy of love, compassion, and patience for all the students he encountered.
This love and compassion continued into his retirement years. Dad loved to build bird houses to give to family and friends; as well as deep-fry turkeys for his friends during Thanksgiving season. Dad was the happiest when he was with the McCord clan, especially his siblings - Sam, Barbara, and Mackie - and all their extended families. Dad was a proud graduate of East Texas State University, where he played football alongside his brother Sam.
Weldon was preceded in death by: parents James S. and Johnie Ray McCord; brother-in-law Ted Reed; great-grandson Kelby Lewis Barthold; and great-granddaughter Rhyder Justis Swenson.
Survivors include: wife Lesley McCord of Gainesville; daughter Gayla Powell and husband Yardy of Colorado City; son Jeff McCord and wife Shannon of Houston; stepson Doug Patterson of Austin; grandchildren: Krista Barthold and husband Justin of Gainesville; Josh Ziegler and wife Ashley of Granbury; Karter Swenson and husband Justin of Stephenville; Courtney McCord of Houston; Kate McCord of Houston; and Kyle Patterson of Snook; great-grandchildren: Kaleb, Jayden, and Kylie Barthold of Gainesville, and Maddux and Myles Swenson of Stephenville; brother Sam McCord and wife Barb of Commerce; sister Mackie Sewell and husband Don of Nocona; sister Barbara Carpenter and husband Leon of Arlington; nieces and nephews: Lynn McCord and wife Debby, Carla Hancock and husband Jack, Michael McCord and wife Rena, Mindy Gallegos and husband Miguel, Karen Johnson and husband Chuck, Janna Fenoglio and husband Larry, Sanda Fenoglio and husband Donnie, Cheryl Reed, Rhonda Reed; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boys & Girls Club of Cooke County.
You may sign the online register at www.geojcarroll.com.
Published on August 15, 2017
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