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Rufus Hardy McCasland, better known as R.H. or “Mac” McCasland, 95, died of natural causes at his residence in Country Home Estates in Commerce early Friday morning, Nov. 25, 2011.
A memorial service was at 2 p.m., Nov. 27, at Cross Trails Cowboy Church in the Fairlie Community where he was a member. Interment was in Brigham Cemetery in Campbell following the memorial service.
He was born April 9, 1916 in Asher, Okla., but lived most of his adult life in the Commerce area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim McCasland and Bertie Ann Justice McCasland; his wife of 67 years, Billie, and two sisters, Goldene Talent and Juanita Timberlake.
Surviving him are two sons, Wesley R. McCasland and his wife Swaynee of Troup, Wayne McCasland of Commerce and daughter, Lynda McCasland Horn, and her husband John Horn of Commerce.
Seven grandchildren surviving him are Jim McCasland and his wife Ronnie of Troup, Phillip McCasland and his wife Tammie of Troup, Beverly McCasland Kelly and her husband Steve of Whitehouse, Texas; Katrina Horn Hasley and her husband David of Mesquite, Greg Horn and his wife Leslie of Commerce; Kim McCasland Miller and her husband, Jamie of Fort Worth, Russell McCasland and his wife Christy of Nocona.
Also, surviving him are seven grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 27 great-great grandchildren as well as descendants of several cousins; one niece, Shirley Talent Meglasson of Fort Worth; and nephew James Talent and wife, Sue of Tyler, along with the wife of nephew, Sonny Timberlake, Sandy.
Several relatives of his late wife Billie survive him including her sister, Lila Lee Talley McGinn, who provided in-home care for them for over a decade, as well as her family and others.
His mother died when he was 6 years old and the family moved from Oklahoma to Randolph, traveling there in a covered wagon. They moved later to Hunt County near Caddo Mills.
On Oct. 31, 1936, he married Willie Nima “Billie” Cox in Caddo Mills where they set up housekeeping and he began a farming career. The new family later moved to the Commerce area where they farmed for several years. Mac, or Mr. Mac as he was known, quit farming and began work at Rockwell Manufacturing in Sulphur Springs. During this time Billie began a career in managing sewing factories.
Mac retired in 1977 to establish a greenhouse and nursery on their two-acre home site just off State Highway 50 south of Commerce. He ran “Mac’s Greenhouse” there raising flowers and shrubs as well as installing landscaping until he closed the business in 2000.
After shuttering the greenhouse he channeled his passion for cultivating plants to making his home site a continuously changing menagerie of flowering plants, scrubs, and a colorful trees. Complementing the seasonal landscape changes was a gazebo he had constructed and named “Mac’s Retreat.” With his family and friends he celebrated his 90th birthday there and again just last April it was the site of his 95th and final birthday party.
In addition to his quick wit, ready smile, his trademark was his ever present cowboy hat, a part of his attire most of his life. Only on the coldest of days would he relent to lay aside his cowboy hat for a warm fur lined cap.
He loved his large extended family, enjoyed many friends, taking snow skiing trips even into his late sixties and other scenic excursions around the country.
His Christian faith guided how he lived and his faithful attendance at church all his adult life reflected the importance of worship to him. The final decade of his life he cherished Sunday mornings at Cross Trails Cowboy church where all ages greeted him affectionately as “Mr. Mac” and always took note of his rare absences.
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Published on  December 1, 2011
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