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Curtis Wendell Lackey

Curtis Wendell Lackey

Thursday, December 18th, 1930 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Obituary

Curtis Wendell Lackey, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Thursday morning, February 6, 2020 at his home in Arlington, Texas.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday, February 13, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Interment: 1:30 p.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, at the funeral home.

Wendell was born on December 18, 1930 in Plainview, Texas. He graduated from Stephenville High School in 1948. While there, he earned Varsity letters and All-District honors in four sports, as well as All-State honors in baseball. He played professional baseball for the Lubbock Hubbers and was enshrined into Stephenville High Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

Following high school, Wendell played football and baseball at Tarleton College for 2 years and was a member of the Air Force ROTC program. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University where he also played football and baseball on an athletic scholarship.

After college, Wendell coached one year at Weatherford High School before fulfilling his ROTC obligation by joining the U.S. Air Force. After being stationed in Thule, Greenland as an Air Intercept Officer, Wendell went back to his first love, coaching. He left the Air Force and began coaching in Crockett, Texas. While there, he met and married the love of his life, Miss Lela Anne Barnes. They would spend the next 63 years together as each other’s soulmates and constant companions, while raising a fine family. Wendell also had coaching stops in Ballinger, Belton, Taylor, Kilgore and Arlington. After 18 years of coaching, he became an administrator at Arlington High School, a post he held for 20 years until his retirement in 1990.

Survivors: He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lela Anne Barnes Lackey; daughter, Dana Lynne (Smith) Lackey of Arlington; daughter, Carla Kay (Davies) Lackey of Arlington; son, Ron Keith Lackey of Teague; and son, Russ Curtis Lackey of Arlington. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Hannah Christine Davies of Austin, Eric Curtis Samuel Smith of Arlington, Brandan Thomas Davies of Arlington, and Grayson Robert Curtis Lackey of Arlington.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    Address
    4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    Address
    4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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  • Interment

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery
    Address
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, TX 75211
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Posted at 02:07pm
So thankful to have known him. He will be missed. With all thoughts and prayers, my condolences.
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Posted at 01:38pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Teague coaching staff.
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Marvin Hall

Posted at 09:17pm
Coach Lackey was my football and track coach at Kilgore High School from 1967 thru 1969. He was very well liked and respected among us athletes. I have nothing but fond memories of him. I regret that our paths didn’t cross after he left Kilgore. 50 years have passed since we graduated but he still occasionally came up in conversations when we would get together to relive our glory years. A life welll lived. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
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Karen Chagnon

Posted at 08:34pm
I have known Mr. Lackey for many years. It was a privilege and honor to have prepared his tax returns for years and while doing so, I had the pleasure of getting to know him. Mr. Lackey was a gracious and kind man and we will certainly miss him. I will especially miss his quirky sense of humor while I was working on his taxes. My prayers are with his wife and family.
With deepest sympathy,
Karen Chagnon
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Posted at 12:30pm
With love and sympathy from Peggy Lackey Edwards, Kay Lackey Manwarren, Robert Lackey and David Lackey
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