Breckenridge Village

Obituaries: Jean Breckenridge

Jean Breckenridge, 93, Feb. 1 in Tyler. In 1996, she donated 78 acres of land, her home and a trust fund to Baptist Child & Family Services to construct a home for adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.

Jean Breckenridge with her son Jimmy. He is also pictured in the top photo.

Built by Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders, Breckenridge Village in Tyler includes six cottage-style homes, a chapel, greenhouse, swimming pool, fishing pier, health center and activity centers. Today, 10 adults engage in Breckenridge Village’s day program, and 40 residents call the faith-based community their home. She was a longtime member of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert; son, Bob Jr.; sisters, Mignon Pierce, Dorothy Bartlett and Lillian Pressler; and brother, Robert George Jr. She is survived by her son, Jimmy.

Jim Gray, 68, Jan. 30 in Waco.

Jim Gray
He was killed in a car wreck as he drove to attend Wednesday-night services at First Baptist Church in Woodway, where he was associate pastor for senior adults. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he served during the Vietnam War as a Chinese linguist. After serving eight years with the Air Force, he graduated from the University of Texas. He worked for the federal government 11 years before he surrendered to ministry in 1983. He served two years on the staff of Fannin Terrace Baptist Church in Midland and then was pastor of First Baptist Church in Ozona until 1989 and First Baptist Church in Eddy for 10 years. In 1999, he joined the staff of First Baptist Church in Woodway, where he still served at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kay; sons, Richard, Michael and Stephen; daughter, Linda Robinson; brother, Troy; and four grandchildren.

• Charlotte Wingfield, 82, Jan. 27 in Dallas. She was an educator 32 years, mainly as an elementary school teacher specializing in math. She was a member of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas and of a Baptist church in every community where she lived. She participated in Bible Study Fellowship, was a Sunday-morning greeter at church, supported mission causes and after retirement, became a volunteer tutor with underprivileged students. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jack; and sister, Frances Dudley. She is survived by her son, Mark; sister, Peggy Rose; brother, Larry Wileman; and twin grandsons.

Cindia Brown, 71, Jan. 9 in Madisonville. She was pianist for many years at Bedias Baptist Church, where her husband was pastor. She is survived by her husband, Jerald; sons, Bobby and Joe; daughter, Natalie Barnett; brother, Kenneth McDougald; sister, Linda Manuel; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Rabe, followed her in death later in the month.


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