Emmett Jerrel Tredway, 87, passed away from a brief illness on Oct. 8, 2018, at the Hunt Regional Medical Center and entered into the arms of his oldest son, Joel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m., at Highland Terrace Baptist Church, with Rev. Royce Litchfield and Rev. Marvin Mosley officiating. Burial will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Services are under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.
Jerrel was born April 6, 1931, in the Vansickle Community to Hugh and Opal Duke Tredway. Jerrel graduated from Caddo Mills High School. Shortly after, he went to work with an insurance company in Dallas. He was just 16 years of age and stayed with his Aunt Cleo while working. After a time, he returned to the Tredway Ranch and Farm in Vansickle Community to help his parents.
Jerrel accepted the Lord as his Savior at 18 years of age. He served in the Air Force. When he came home on leave, he joined the Masonic Lodge in Caddo Mills. He held several offices and enjoyed his time in the lodge.
Jerrel met and, after a few years of dating, married the love of life, Elizabeth Head. They were blessed with two sons, Joel and Sean. Joel went to heaven at the age of 25 in 1981. Sean is a teacher at Lone Oak High School.
Jerrel worked for the Texas Highway department for 40 years, known as TxDOT today. He was an engineer inspector and was very efficient. As people travel down the highway of life (Highway 30), that was made possible through Hunt County, he was one of the engineers that made it safe. He always had the taxpayer at heart. Also, the Tawakoni bridge was another one of his projects. It was truly a picture of art.
He was very particular about the truck he drove. It was always organized. He was very skilled in trigonometry, refusing a pencil and paper, all before calculators came on the job.
Pallbearers will be Randy Blackshear, Ricky Blackshear, David Diggs, Craig Driggers, Terry Driggers, Duane May and Greg Tredway. Honorary pallbearers will be Keegan Blackshear, Olin Farquhar and Don Fulton.
Jerrel was the most compassionate person one could meet, and he loved his home.

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