Roy Gilbert McLaurin, Jr.

Roy Gilbert McLaurin Jr.

Family, congregation shocked by preacher’s death

Roy McLaurin Jr. was also active in volunteer work

Tragedy touched the lives of a local family and church congregation with the death of 74-year-old Roy Gilbert McLaurin Jr. of Victoria.

A preacher at Central Church of Christ in Victoria for 19 years, McLaurin died Saturday afternoon in a farm equipment malfunction on Saturday, said his brother Gary McLaurin, 60, of Victoria. “Everybody was shocked; he was really loved by a lot of people,” he said.

Elders at McLaurin’s church paid homage to him at the worship service on Sunday, said 55-year-old Nancy Schmidt of Victoria, McLaurin’s daughter.

“Because he meant so much to all of them, they all took turns saying something about my dad,” she said. “It was almost like a funeral with the beautiful things they had to say. It was a celebration service.”


McLaurin, a former construction superintendent for HB Zachry, was also active in volunteer work, Schmidt said.

“He was extremely involved with the nursing homes of Victoria and surrounding areas,” she said. “He would take nursing home residents out to eat, on shopping trips, sight-seeing and fishing trips.”


McLaurin also spent time delivering supplies to storm devastated states throughout the years and served on missions to countries like Mexico, Jamaica and Poland, she said.

“His life was full,” Schmidt said. “He died working, just like he lived.”

Rebecca Holm is a reporter for the Advocate. Contact her at 361-580-6516 or

VICTORIA - Roy Gilbert McLaurin, age 74, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. He was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Wichita Falls, to the late Roy G. and Ola Hendricks McLaurin Sr.

Roy was an iron worker working on many projects including the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi. He worked for DuPont and retired as a construction superintendent from HB Zachary in 1987. He was employed by Central Church of Christ where he was a lifelong member and served as a deacon for 18 years, and as an elder and preacher since 1989 after attending the Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock. He graduate 3rd in his class, making his primary ministry with the Chinese Christians, teaching them the English language.

You could often see Roy driving the Central Church of Christ bus, transporting individuals of all ages, races, and socio-economic situations. Some of the highlights include taking nursing home residents out to eat, on shopping trips, sightseeing, even fishing trips. In 1995, Roy was named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Texas Healthcare Assoc., the group's highest award.

Roy made many trips to deliver supplies to storm devastated areas in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Mexico. Foreign mission work included Mexico, St. Vincent Islands, Jamaica, Canada, Poland, and Eastern European missions. Many churches throughout the United States have benefited from Roy's work for the Lord. Roy's family was very special to him. He is survived by his wife, Betty Thomas McLaurin; children, Nancy McLaurin Schmidt and husband Glenn, Roy W. McLaurin and wife Cheryl, Audrey McLaurin Bell and husband Noward, all of Victoria, and Peggie McLaurin of Austin; sister, Dorothy McLaurin Johnston of Kentucky; brother, Gary McLaurin and wife Judy of Victoria; grandchildren, Dustin (Claudia) Schmidt, Ivy Schmidt (Casey) Stevenson, Marie McLaurin, Adam (Abby Rozen) McLaurin, Jared (Nikki) McLaurin, Ann (David) Brogger, Stephen Stone, Sam McLaurin, Trey Bell, Natalie (Bruce Harrison) Bell, Gary W. (Amanda) McLaurin, Aaron McLaurin, and Joseph (Dana) McLaurin. He is also survived by many that considered Roy as their father, grandfather, brother, or best friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Jimmie and Donald McLaurin; and his grandson, Matthew McLaurin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Church of Christ. Please designate to one or more of these worthy causes that will continue Roy's Christian ministry: the Benevolence Fund, Christians Against Substance Abuse (CASA), Mission of Hope, or World Missions.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 at Central Church of Christ. Presiding over the service will be Dr. Victor Frazier. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers include Larry Tom, Jack Parker, Robert Willis, LD Wasicek, JG Musser, Harrison Wilborn, and Melvin Evans, and others.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at
Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, 361-578-3535.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/5/2008.