James Ray “Root” Utsey, 70, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Waco.
He was born in Teague on Sept. 6, 1944. Utsey served in the U.S. Navy from March 1962 until November 1966, and worked as a pipeliner for all his working career.
Utsey was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Utsey, and three nephews, Jimmy Hales, Terry Hales and Kent Utsey.
He is survived by one son, Mitchell Utsey, and wife Bailey Burbank of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two daughters, Kasie McGowan and husband Michael of Mexia, and Jamie Nibbe and husband Andy of Teague; one step-son, Brandon Collinsworth of Austin; five grandchildren, Marcus James Utsey, Kara Diane Lodes, Justin Douglas Hargis, James Dean Hargis and Natalie Raye Nibbe; two sisters, Jimmie Lee Hales and husband Roy of Buffalo, and Marsha Dee Utsey of Teague; one niece, Deana Kay Wright of Buffalo; his beloved pet, Duke; and other relatives and friends.