Richard Arvel Reat, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
Graveside services were held Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Lexington Cemetery with Pastor Casey Goetz officiating.
Mr. Reat was born Feb. 23, 1946, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to John H and Dixie (Gowan) Reat.
In 1964, he graduated from Lexington High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He attended Texas A&M in 1964 and 1965 before graduating from Sam Houston State in 1969 with a degree in ag education.
On July 29, 1967, he married Geraldine Pogue in Lexington.
They lived in Huntsville while he attended Sam Houston and then in other locations where they worked until eventually making their home in Tangle-wood in 1989.
Mr. Reat taught vocational agriculture in Lexington and Dayton High Schools.
He worked for the Texas Department of Corrections as a vocational counselor until his retirement in 2009.
Mr. Reat was a long-time member of Lexington United Methodist Church.
He was a calf roping and rodeo enthusiast and loved horses. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandsons, training horses, teaching them roping, other outdoor activities, and watching them play high school sports.
Mr. Reat was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Arvel and Elvira (Stockton) Reat.
Survivors are his mother, Dixie Reat of Taylor; his wife, Geri Reat of Lexington; a daughter, Dana Barber of Corpus Christi and her children, David Reat and Logan Barber; a son John Murry “Jody” Reat and wife Marci of Lexington and their children, Corbin Reat and Cason Carter; and a sister Samye Turner and husband Owen of Taylor.