Trezzie Abram Pressley Jr., 84, of Commerce passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Greenville, Texas.
He was born May 6, 1933, in Rogers, Texas, the son of Trezzie Abram Pressley, Sr. and Irene Pressley Hightower. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Commerce Funeral Home.
A funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 11, at First Baptist Church, Commerce, with Rev. Kris Myers officiating. Interment followed at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Rockwall, Texas.
Trezzie graduated from Cumby High School. Shortly thereafter, in 1953 he enlisted in the United States Army. He was responsible for Human Resources, dealing with the status and placement of many officers and enlisted men. Trezzie was a true patriot. He was very proud of his service and took the responsibility very seriously. He could not stand tall enough any time he heard the anthem played of the nation he loved. Trezzie married Peggy Preston on May 28, 1955, in Quanah, Texas. He and Peggy have been faithful members of First Baptist Church in Commerce for 54 years. During that time, Trezzie served in many different capacities. He was chairman of the deacons and served on many various committees. He was involved in the music ministry, singing in a quartet and leading various musical groups. One of his favorite places of service was being a greeter. He was known for his friendly smile and helping ladies to and from their cars with an umbrella, when necessary.
Trezzie received his PhD in 1964 from The University of Arkansas. His career in education began at Arkansas Tech, where he taught for eight years. Following that, he taught at East Texas State University, where he served as the department head for the Marketing and Management Department as well as the dean of the College of Business. He retired in 1995 after 30 years of service to the University.
Trezzie is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Peggy; his children, Blake Pressley, Shea Pressley and wife Susan and Zane Pressley and wife Marie; grandchildren Amber Pressley, Nikki Pressley, Rachel Stricklin and husband Matthew, Preston Pressley and wife Melissa, Brittany Wadley and husband Reese and Michael Pressley; great-grandchildren Georgia Stricklin and Wilder Stricklin; and a sister, Martha Hightower.
He was preceded in death by his father, Trezzie Pressley Sr.; his stepfather and mother, P.G. and Irene Hightower; brothers P.G. Hightower Jr., Dwight Hightower and James Hightower; and a sister, Fayrene McGilvray.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in Trezzie's memory be made to the TAMU-C Foundation, Trezzie and Peggy Pressley Endowment, PO Box 3425, Commerce, Texas 75429, or to the First Baptist Church, Commerce.
Published on November 14, 2017