Thelma Savell


Thelma “Jane” McCracken Savell, 81, of Madisonville, passed away Jan. 25, 2019, in Madisonville. She was lovingly known to her family as “Momma Jane.”

Jane was born on Aug. 3, 1937, in Cleburne. She met her husband, Billy, while he was stationed at Craig Air Force base in Alabama, and they were married on Oct. 1, 1953, in Lowndes County, Miss. She teased that Billy insisted she walk across the state line herself because she wasn’t quite 18. They were happily married for 51 years. They eventually moved back to Madisonville, Billy’s hometown, and she lived there for 38 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was one of the founders of B&J Machine Works Inc. in Madisonville. In her early years she owned a dog grooming business and taught dog grooming classes at Del Mar Junior College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jane was devoted to taking care of her family and the business she helped found. She delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved on them and bragged about them every chance she had. She also loved watching her cattle and shopping.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Savell; their son, Randy Savell; her parents, Floyd W. McCracken and wife, Sybal, and Georgia McAnear Coggins; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Howard and Georgia Wells Savell; and two brothers-in-law, Howard Savell II and James Savell.

She is survived by her son, Bengie Savell and wife Debra of Madisonville, Texas; her grandchildren, Corey Savell and wife Brandie of Bryan, Jamin Savell and wife Rachel of Willis, Weston Savell and wife Jen of Friendswood, and Stephanee Garrett and husband Blake of Madisonville; her great-grandchildren, Randy and Carlie Savell, Chanan and Luke Savell, and Brianna, Brynlee, and Owen Garrett; her sisters, Sharon Boutwell and husband Hayden of Alabama, and Sandy Hubbard and husband Ira of Tennessee; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Savell of Baytown, and her daughter Mindy Messick; her stepsister, Geri Duke of Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held at the Madisonville Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. A private funeral Service will be held for the family at a later date, and will be officiated by her grandsons, Jamin Savell and Weston Savell.

Jane loved animals. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to:

Rufus Refuge

P.O. Box 1385

Madisonville, TX 77864

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Madisonville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.