Peggy Rose Turbeville Speights

Peggy Rose Turbeville Speights, 82, of Bryan, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2009, with her family at her side. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, with a private burial immediately following.
Peggy Speights was born March 1, 1927, in Big Sandy, Texas to Raymond and Mazy Inez Turbeville of Mineola, Texas, where she spent her childhood and graduated high school. She became acquainted with Durwood while at Mineola High School, and they later married after he returned from World War II.. The couple began their marriage in Tyler, Texas where she attended Tyler Junior College. The family moved to Bryan permanently in 1958.
The Speights opened The Floral Center, one of the first three businesses on East 29th St., in 1968. She was active in Altrusa, Civic League and The Business and the Professional Women’s Club of Bryan and served as president. Her career in floral design was a joyful outlet for her design talent and she especially enjoyed helping families celebrate events during her 32 years in the business.
Peggy and Durwood Speights were active members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and later joined St. Luke’s United Methodist in Bryan, which was formed from the former St. Paul UMC congregation. Peggy enjoyed her fellowship with church friends, and those relationships were a source of special comfort as she faced the challenges of late-stage cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dr. Durwood E. Speights, of Bryan; her four children and their families; Sharyn and Dan Galvin, of Bryan, Stephen Speights, of Lindale, Julie and Michael Hogan, of Denver, CO, and Laurie and Jody Johnston, of Tampa, FL; 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters in love, Billie Caffey and Naomi Cummings. Her family will miss her devotion, encouragement and selfless love.
The family of Peggy Speights wishes to acknowledge and thank the many special home health service caregivers and medical professionals that provided loving care during her cancer journey. Rev. Guy Pry (retired), former minister of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church,, and Rev. Jason Burnham,, of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church have been constant support to the Speights during her illness and both will officiate the memorial service.


  1. Durwood,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I see that we lost Nona 2 days after Peggy’s birthday. We are praying for you during your time of grief and love you very much.

    James William and family

  2. Laurie, I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I lost my mom six weeks ago to cancer and it has been very difficult too. You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  3. Sorry Laurie to hear about your mother. I lost my mom in 1994. I know that no words can help during this time but know that I am thinking about you and your family. Take care.

  4. You will be missed by all the people who were touched by your warm and loving heart. Bob – Dorothy

  5. My condolences to the family. I know them to be a close, loving, nurturing group and that Mrs. Speights will be deeply missed. If there’s anything I can do, please do not hesitate to ask, Howard

  6. Dr.Speights and Family,
    Sending my deepest sympathy in your time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Your mother was a very sweet lady. I met her several years back and always enjoyed our talks. Her memories will bring you peace.

  8. Laurie,

    It was so good to see you the other day at Jean’s viewing. I’m so sorry to learn about your mother’s illness. I had no idea. I wish I had known .I wish we had gotten together before now.

    I know you will be busy for the next couple of weeks. If you can fit in a visit, I’d love to see you again when we can catch up. Lots happened over the last 30 years.

    Love you! Kim

  9. Dear Laurie,
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. Your in my thoughts – prayers , and you will be very missed at the reunion. We will lift you up in SPIRIT!!!

    God Bless,
    Pam Smotek Taylor

  10. Julie and family,
    I was so sad to hear about your sweet mom! I have such fond memories of walking in the Floral Center and seeing your mom’sw smiling face, and the wonderful smell of fresh flowers. My sincere condolences.

    love Chrysa

  11. Our prayers and love go out to Peggy’s family. I will miss my sweet friend.

    Love, Chad and Emily Cox

  12. To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank Dr. Speights for serving our country in the U.S. Army during WW II – being a member of the American Legion. You both are members of ‘the greatest generation’. We thank Mrs. Peggy for her many contributions to the Bryan-College Station area. May God’s Speed Be With This Family.

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