April 5, 1941 ~ October 6, 2021

Born in: Raymondville, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Tommy Ray McGary of Bryan, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 after a brief stay in the hospital with COVID.

Tommy was born on April 5, 1941 in Raymondville, Texas.  He was the son of Ollie and Maggie McGary.  He was raised and attended school in Lyford, Texas.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Baxter McGary.  Together they have three children: Tammy (Vernon) Oehlke, Curtis McGary and Kenneth McGary; five grandchildren, Brooke Oehlke (fiancé Cort Pennington), Justin (Amber) Oehlke, Cole McGary, Cheyenne McGary, and Hunter McGary; and great grandchildren Carlie, Kash, Weston and Colton.  Tommy is survived by one brother, Olen (Joan) McGary and numerous nieces and nephews who he was very close to.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Marcella (Leroy) Haught, infant sister Anna Jo McGary, infant brother Robby Allen McGary, and William (Meredith) McGary.

Tommy served in the United States Marine Corp.  He was a sheet metal journeyman in Dallas for several years, before going to work for Valley Telephone Co-Op in Raymondville, Texas.  He joined GTE Telephone Company in Robstown, TX and later retired from GTE in San Angelo, TX.

After retiring, Tommy & Betty traveled throughout the United States for several years as full-time RVer’s.

Tommy is a member of First Baptist Bryan and former member of Glenn Meadows Baptist Church in San Angelo, TX.  He loved the Lord and his family and was an excellent role model to all.

Time spent with family and friends was one of his greatest joys.

The family would like to give special thanks and recognize to Dr. Covington and the nursing staff on the 5th floor Covid unit at Baylor Scott & White in College Station, not only for the care they provided to Tommy during his stay, but for the care and compassion shown to his family.  We will always remember your compassion and kindness.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of sending flowers please make those to First Baptist Church of Bryan.


Funeral Service: October 11, 2021 11:00 am

First Baptist Church - Bryan
3100 Cambridge Dr
Bryan, TX 77802


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  1. We love and miss you Uncle Tommy! I’m so grateful to have known you your memory will live forever through our stories and the memories of you we share with others

  2. RIP Tommy. You will be missed. But you are home and in a better place. We love you and Betty like our own family.

  3. Tommy and Betty are precious friends. They loved & supported me and my recently deceased husband, Evan with friendship & going alongside to appointments to the dentist. Tommy is already greatly missed. He is remembered for his friendship, servanthood and a life well lived for The Lord. We will all celebrate in the future in our forever home with Jesus.

    • Tommy & Connie Baxter

      Uncle Tommy was a true man. He always showed his love for the family and was a pretty hood fisherman. . Next to my Dad the greatest man I know. He will always be part of my day to state he will be and already is missed is an understatement. I vow to try everyday to represent what he meant to me. Aunt Betty we love you and you always have a place in our home.

  4. Sweet Tommy, you were always so gracious and kind to me and my family. With Betty, you made us feel so welcome and comfortable. You will be so missed.

  5. Ken & I dearly loved Tommy. What a gentle giant he was. Betty, you and Tommy are such shining examples of servant hood for the cause of Christ. We love you and are here for you if you need us. God’s blessing and peace for you and your family.

  6. To the McGary Family – Betty, I am soo sorry for your loss. 🙁 I just read this and watched the memorial. What a beautiful tribute to Tommy. You all had soo many beautiful memories together, and what great adventures you two shared with each other and your family. I remember lots of fun times and I enjoyed spending time with you both and family years ago. He will be truly missed. Please know that you and family on in my thoughts and prayers. Much love – Shelley

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