Obituary: Rusty Speake

Funeral Services for Rusty Speake, 63, of Malakoff are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens with Bro. Tommy Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Malakoff Cemetery.

Rusty passed away on November 11, 2017, in Tyler.

Clayton Russell “Rusty” Speake was born August 30, 1954, in Athens, Texas the son of Maurice Hardiman “Sonny” Speake and Caroline Bates Speake. He was a self-employed A/C owner-operator at Speake Air Conditioning serving Henderson County and the surrounding areas for over 40 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. His other hobbies included music, playing the guitar, billiards, but more than all he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather and brother who will be greatly missed by all he knew.

He was preceded in death by his father Maurice “Sonny” Speake.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 42 years, Jan Speake of Malakoff; his mother Caroline Bates Speake of Malakoff; daughter Myra Wright and husband Anthony of Kaufman; one brother Tommy Speake and wife Tina of Chandler; sister Jacque Speake of Grand Prairie and three grandchildren, Jacob, Madelyn and Lauryn.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

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