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January 3, 1922 - August 12, 2017
Regina Bull, of Liberty City, died Aug. 12, 2017, after a long, happy and love-filled life. She was 95.
She was born Regina Lynne Wolfe in Houston on Jan. 3, 1922, to Minnie Dillard and Homer Cleveland Wolfe. She traveled with her parents across the heartland as her father built grain elevators in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, before the family settled in Gregg County during the oil rush in the 1930s.
Her mother made some of the finest chicken and dumplings in East Texas. But Regina lost her taste for chicken and refused to eat it her entire adult life because, during the Great Depression, her mother also often fried chicken for breakfast and dinner. Regina trusted Jesus beginning at age 12 when there was a non-denominational church in the cafeteria of the Old Gregg Home for the Aged, formerly the Huey School. She joined as a Presbyterian and soon thereafter became a Southern Baptist. She attended Kilgore College before transferring to the University of Texas to earn her bachelor’s degree in home economics. She enjoyed Austin and college life, but regretted that one instructor devoted too many classes to practicing whipping egg whites and baking angel food cakes.
She met her husband, Glenn Roger Bull, through friends and they were married on Aug. 21, 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy and she traveled with him to Washington State, where he was deployed at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station working at radio communications for the remainder of World War II.
After the war, the couple returned to East Texas to raise their son, Glenn, Jr., and often looked after her brother’s children during the summer. The family attended First Baptist Church of Liberty City.
Regina Bull taught third grade in Kilgore public schools for 39 years. Daryl Zevely was a student in her first class. He gave her a Valentine on February 14, 1946, and every year after that for nearly 70 years. Whenever one of many, many former Kilgore third-graders ran into “Miss Bull” and asked if she remembered them, there was no reason to doubt that she did. She loved all of her students and they loved her.
In retirement, Regina traveled, including three memorable trips to Israel and an Alaskan cruise. But she never forgot what children need most—a place of love and belonging. So, children knew that in Aunt Gina’s house the kitchen clock chimed the hour in bird calls, the M&M candy man dispenser was always full and, yes, you were welcome to take the collectible dolls out of the glass cabinet and play with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, and her brother, Homer Cleveland Wolfe, Jr., as well as her nephews, Mark Jonathan Wolfe and Gary Dennison Wolfe.
She is survived by three nieces, Melinda Wolfe Ratliff, of Grand Prairie, Laura Wolfe Fiffick, of Flower Mound, and Lynne Wolfe, of Colmesneil; a sister-in-law, Patsy Penick, of Dallas; three great-nieces, Ashley Wolfe, Tiffany Wolfe, Paige Wolfe, and five great-nephews, David Wolfe, Samuel Wolfe, Michael Wolfe, Andrew Fiffick and Evan Fiffick; her best friend, Joyce Riddles, of Liberty City; and her niece by marriage, Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, of Denton.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home, 401 N. Martin, Kilgore. Interment will follow in the Danville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Regina’s name to the First Baptist Church of Liberty City, Kilgore College or the University of Texas at Austin.
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Liberty City, TX
Rader Funeral Home - Kilgore
401 N. Martin