Richard Gary Regan – MyParisTexas
Gary Regan, of Paris, died on June 10, 2022 at his home. As a United Methodist minister, Gary served churches in the North Texas area for 60 years. He began the ministry in 1953 when he was licensed to preach by the Paris District of the Methodist Church. He served as circuit minister in East Post Oak (Lamar County), Blossom/Pattonville, Klondike, Charleston, and Yowell while earning his undergraduate degree at East Texas State University, Gary ministered at Ector and Randolph. After graduating and being ordained, he served as pastor at Avery/Williams Chapel (Red River County), Seagoville UMC, Lancaster UMC, Garland, St. Paul, First United Methodist Church Paris, First United Methodist Church Dallas, and White Rock United Methodist Church. Gary has also served as District Superintendent in both the Paris/Sulphur Springs District and the Dallas Central District, as well as Treasurer/Trustee of the North Texas Conference. After his “retirement,” he served as a development worker, steward, consultant, and facilitator for the Texas Methodist Foundation. Gary’s last pastorate was Charleston United Methodist Church (Delta Co.)
Gary is survived by his ministry partner of 63 years, Tommie Templeton, and their son, Justin Russell Regan and his wife Shannon. Grandchildren Regan Garrett Plata and husband Michael, Justin Clark Frazier and wife Kaitlyn, and Drew Walker Regan. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Gage Michael Plata, Gavin Regan Plata and Bentley Kyle Frazier – all the joy of his life. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Billy “Rip” Templeton and loved nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents, William Curtis Regan and Mary Emily Russell Regan, siblings: Russell Regan, Lewis Regan, Vanoy Regan, Martha Ella Higdon, Veda Jean Bryant and Curtis Regan. He is also predeceased by his daughter, Lisa Regan Frazier.
As he wrote in a 2006 Cooper Review column “I would do it again if I had the chance.”
Visitation will be on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Charleston United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lili’s Legacy (PO Box 961, Paris, Tx. 75641) or The Will Herndon Research Fund (PO Box 132646, Spring, Tx. 77393)
Online condolences can be sent to the Regan family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com