Mechelle Delores Roberts Oliver (72) passed away peacefully on February 19, 2022. She was born October 1, 1949 at Red River County Hospital, Clarksville, Texas to Lillian Chambers Roberts and Woodard Roberts. Mechelle attended elementary schools in Red River County. She often laughed about how tough the first grade was because her mom was her teacher. She graduated 8th grade from Roberts Elementary (named in honor of her dad) in Annona, Texas. Her father was the principal there. Mechelle had lots of fond memories of her early years in Clarksville and Annona, Texas. She had many close friends and relatives there with whom she shared memorable times.
Mechelle accepted Christ in her early years of life at St. Paul Methodist Church in Clarksville, Texas. She united with the Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Longview, Texas under the Pastorage of Rev. L.W Watkins.
In 1963, Mechelle moved to Longview and attended Maggie B. Hudson Jr. High and graduated from Mary C. Womack in 1967. She attended Kilgore Junior College and furthered her education at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.
In June, 1969, she married Charles T. Gregg of Longview, Texas. They had one son, Shannon T. Gregg, the love of her life. She often talked about how proud she was of her Shannon who affectionately called her "Jim."
Mechelle enjoyed making friends and helping others. She never met a stranger and found it a joy to tell about her loving grandkids. Mechelle was just a little bit proud of her precious angels and they loved their "Mimi."
In 1970, Mechelle was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She worked several departments for the company over the years and made many friends. She considered these friends her second family. After 30 years with the company, she retired on February 16, 2001 in Richardson, Texas.
On August 31, 1996, Mechelle married her true soul mate, John Oliver Jr. They shared a loving and beautiful life together.
Mechelle is survived by her husband, John Oliver Jr. of Kilgore, Texas, son Shannon Gregg (Amanda) of Colleyville, Texas, grandkids Kalyn, Jaden and Harrison Gregg. Step son John Oliver III (Tonya) of Lancaster, Texas, grandkids John Oliver IV, Paige, McKenzie, Christoper Oliver.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home. A Life Celebration funeral service will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cammack Family Chapel. Interment will immediately follow the service.
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