Terry Cullender was born March 29, 1942, to Ruth Wells and Leslie (Mike) Cullender; both preceded him in death. He was raised by his mom and stepdad, Eddie Dunn, from age 5. Terry passed away June 10 in Irving, Texas at the age of 71. Preceded in death by grandparents: Thomas and Etta Henderson Cullender and John and Ida Mary Gregg Wells. Also uncles: James Cullender, Harvey Cullender, Tobey Wells, Felix Wells Newt and Samuel Wells; aunts: Carrie Cullender Brown, Marry Cullender Willis, Helen Cullender Price, Ellen Cullender Lasiter, Lula Wells Roberts and Johnnie Wells Caldwell. Surviving aunts: Esther Wells Walker and Margaret Cullender. Terry left his wife of 45 years, Linda Parsons Marshall Cullender. His children: Terry Lee Cullender, Victor Marshall and Marshall LeGrand; his grandchildren: Tyler Cullender, Hunter, Macy and Parker Marshall. Siblings MaryLou Cullender Irvin (Kenneth and Alan Dunn Jessie); nieces Susan Irvin Rodriguez and Kim Irvin Randle; great-nieces and nephews: Myranda Rodriguez Bridges Waldo, Ashley Smith Bender, Cassie Smith and Michael Smith, who died in 1995 at age 3; great-grandniece and nephews: Zia Waldo, Brano Bridges and Jakup Bevder.
Terry was a descendant of two pioneer families who traveled from the East Coast to settle in Chaves County. They ranched and farmed.
Terry graduated high school in Dallas, studied architecture and design at the University of Texas at Arlington. He served two years in the U.S. Army in Germany. He worked as senior draftsman for a gas company in Dallas, then educated chief draftsman at Schrickel, Rollis & Assocs. for 37 years, retiring in 2007. Terry was a good man, great friend and the best brother ever to Mary and Alan. He had a deep respect for nature; enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting. He joined the Grand Prairie Gun Club in 1971 and was invaluable in the club’s success. He was passionate about woodworking, photography, genealogy and American history. He touched the lives of many with his kindness and wisdom. He will be remembered fondly.