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Masonic graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Athens Cemetery for Billy Si McCaleb.
Mr. McCaleb passed away on Monday December 19, 2016 in Athens. He was 90 years old. He was born in Athens on August 19, 1926 to Silas J and Emma Liles McCaleb. He was a lifelong resident of Athens.
Mr. McCaleb was active in sports programs in Athens having served several years on the Board of Directors of Athens Teenage Baseball Association and coached in the program for 10 years. He was an avid fan of Athens High School baseball and served as public address announcer for the Hornets for 13 years. He was also a 20 year member of the Southwest Football Officials Association and officiated games throughout east and central Texas.
Mr. McCaleb retired from the Texas Highway Department engineering division in 1988 after 40 years of service. He was a graduate of Athens High School and Henderson County Junior College (TVCC). He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Athens for over 50 years. He was a member and Past Master of Athens Masonic Lodge No. 165, Science Hill Lodge No. 211 and served the Grand Lodge of Texas as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 17 in 2003. He was 32nd degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies and Knights TemplarYork Rite Mason.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ruby Dell McCaleb, one son, Samuel James McCaleb, one daughter, Sally Mallard, two brothers, Joe Milas McCaleb, and James Liles McCaleb, and one sister, Elizabeth Evans.
He is survived by one daughter, Susan Beaird. One grandson, Jeffery Wayne Magness, one granddaughter, Diane Brandt, and one great grandson, Gunnar Magness, along with numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Members of Athens Masonic Lodge No. 165 will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 PM Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Athens Masonic Lodge No. 165 Scholarship Fund, or Dallas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children or the charity of your choice.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or light a candle for the family, you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com
Published on December 20, 2016
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