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Theodore Hillin Wagner

2921649Theodore Hillin Wagner, 101, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie in the arms of family.
Ted was born December 2, 1913 in Dallas, Texas to T.C. and Sallie Wagner. He went to Highland Park but graduated from Phoenix High when the family moved to Arizona. That is where he met his first wife Sylvia Poe. They married in 1933 and had four children.
In 1944 they had a ranch in Perkasie, PA where Ted and his father were instrumental in introducing quarter horses to that state.
In 1955 the family moved to Ennis where Ted became known to children as Mr. Ben Franklin when he bought the Ben Franklin Store. He loved people so much and there was never a family that didn’t have gifts at Christmas while he owned that store. He loved his high school employees and remembered them until his death. After he sold the store he went into his final profession of selling cars. He owned W.W. Motors with E.B. Woody. After that he sold cars all over Ennis and Waxahachie.
He and Sylvia loved to play golf and entertain. They were members of the Lakeside Country Club where they had many good friends and memories, Sylvia passed away in September 1973.
In 1974 Ted married Rose Kelly. They lived in Ennis for a couple of years before moving to Groesbeck where he purchased a Ford Dealership. After several years they returned to Ennis to live. Rose passed away in July of 2012. Ted loved to watch the Ennis Lions Football team. He sat in his reserved seat until he was 100 years old.
Ted was a very loving active grandfather. He never missed a stock show, sports event or any other special event.
He was a good Christian man who never knew a stranger and always had a positive attitude with a smile to match. He loved life and lived it with gusto. Heaven will be a little funnier now with Ted there.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Vivien Stiger, one brother, John Wagner. Wives Sylvia Wagner and Rose Wagner, sons, Ted L. Wagner and John C. Wagner.
He is survived by daughters; Betty Wagner, Clarissa Smith and husband, George; step- daughter, Sharie Cast and husband, Jerry; nine grandchildren: Bret Smith and wife, Chelsea, Lacy Johnson and husband, Chad, John Wagner and wife, Bonnie, Laura Moreno and husband, Mike, Terrye Byrd and husband, Brandon, Ted Wagner, Jr., Dawn Devera and Debbie Wagner, Bryan Cast and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis. A Celebration of his life will take place on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Rev. Jerry Hill officiating. Pallbearers are Bret Smith, Chadwick Johnson, John Wagner, Brandon Byrd, Mike Moreno and Thomas Kindred. Honorary Pallbearers are Dauril Lamb, Leroy Mitchell, Bill Woody and James Woody. Interment will follow in Myrtle Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

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