James Milton Teague was born Feb. 24, 1925 in Manchaca, Texas. The son of Calvin and Octavia Ward Teague, he grew up in Manchaca and attended school and church in Westfield where he was baptized at St. Matthews Lutheran Church. James worked as a dairy hand with his father until he joined the United States Navy. On Oct. 15, 1954, he was honorably discharged after serving for many years, having attained the rank of Gunner's Mate, Third Class. James lived in numerous places before moving to Hempstead where he was employed at Hawkins' Exxon Station. He has made his home in Bellville since the early 1980s where he worked as a meter reader for the Austin County Water District until his health forced him into retirement. He was a life member of the Bellville VFW Post 6522 and a member of Bellville American legion Post 115. He passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 in Bellville at the age of 79. Survivors include his daughter Beverly Wienecke and her husband Floyd of Bellville; step sons Olen Taylor of Brenham and Bill Wunderlich of Magnolia; 2 grandchildren Donald Paulson Jr. of Bellville and Kimberly Meed of Missouri; 2 great grandchildren, Krystal and Justin Meed, also of Missouri; sisters, Mary Hagan of Yoakum and Betty Jalufka of Kennedy; brothers, David Teague of Bandera, Joe Teague of Oak Hurst and Marshall Teague of Conroe; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, 5 brothers and his step daughter Kathy Cummings. Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2005 at the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville with the Rev. Larry Welsh officiating. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Bellville American Legion Post 115 and Bellville VFW Post 6522. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Austin County Unit of the American Cancer Society, the Bellville American Legion Post 115 or the Bellville VFW Post 6522. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.
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