Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 19, 2014

Raymond “Pops” Gallegos


The Athens Review

Athens — Athens – A Funeral Mass for Raymond “Pops” Gallegos, 72, of Palestine are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014  at St.  Edwards Catholic Church in Athens with Father Pancras Savarimuthu officiating.  Interment will follow at Indian Creek Cemetery in Palestine.

Raymond Gallegos went to be with his Lord, and made his last ride into the sunset, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Tyler.

Raymond was born in Espirito Santo, Zacatecas, Mexico on Sept. 22, 1941 to Concepcion and Justina Gallegos. Raymond married Mattie Townley on Sept. 26, 1960 in Corsicana. From this 53-year union, they raised two daughters of their own, Diana, and Lana.

In the early years, he was a rancher, who went on to work for and retire from Getty Oil. He worked for Brushy Creek Timber Co./White Capital Management at the time of his passing. Raymond, often said that working for Mr. White was one of his greatest pleasures in life.

Many will remember him as a cowboy and one of the greatest horsemen of our time. The plain-spoken legend always had time to help anyone who wanted to learn about horses, ranching and life, in general.  His greatest joys in life where his grandchildren, helping others, spending time in the roping pen and every minute spent with Mattie.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, Concepcion and Justina Gallegos; brothers Miguel Gallegos, Manuel Gallegos, Donaciano Gallegos and Jose Gallegos.

He is survived by: his wife, Mattie Gallegos; daughters Diana Johnson and Michael Wheeler, Lana Walters and her husband Vance Walters; grandchildren Jordan Johnson, Lindsey Walters, Peyton Walters, Morgan Johnson, Jerett Walters and Kendall Wheeler; sisters Belen Adame, Maria Feaster, Margarita Rebeles and her husband, Baltazar, sisters-in-law, Margarita Gallegos, Julia Gallegos; and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends, including his constant companions, Zack and Max.

Pallbearers will be James Whatley, Gary Almon, Rex Foster, Tim Conrad, Sebastian Landeverde and Will Brownlow.  Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Cotton, Mickey McCain and Bruce Barrett.

Visitation will be at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 from 6 p.m. to   8 p.m.  A Rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel.

Services were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Family.

You may light a candle, or write a condolence to the family on www.hannigansmith.com