Atterbury, Eustace

Eustace Gladden Atterbury

September 26, 1939 - April 21, 2020

Eustace Gladden Atterbury of McKinney, Texas passed away on April 21, 2020 at the age of 80. He was born on September 26, 1939 to J.W. and Mary Ruth (Dungan) Atterbury in New Hope, Texas. As a teenager, he worked at the McKinney Municipal Golf Course, where his father was a local pro and ran the pro shop. He was an avid golfer and won numerous championships himself. He graduated from McKinney High School in 1958 and briefly attended the University of North Texas, where he studied Horticulture.  Eustace served his country proudly in the United States Navy, operating with the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific, aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Ranger.  He married Janet Corbello on June 22, 1963 in Reno, Nevada and they lived in California, where he worked as a landscaper and senior gardener for the City of Oakland until his retirement in the early 1990’s, when he and his wife returned to Texas. He loved camping and taking trips in his RV with Jan until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and could no longer enjoy travel.  They shared a passion for jewelry making and searched for stones on their many travels.  Eustace was a very accomplished Lapidarist.  He was extremely devoted to Jan and her care all through her illness. He attended The Oaks Baptist Church in McKinney, Texas.

He is survived by his sister, Arnetta Ledbetter of Frisco, Texas; nephew, Jack Ledbetter, Jr. and wife Pat of The Colony, Texas; nieces, Joanna Castle and husband Bill of Blue Ridge, Texas, and Sherri Ferrell of Cocoa, Florida; and many other loving family and friends.

Eustace was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Atterbury; his parents, J.W. and Ruth (Dungan) Atterbury; his brother, Jack J. Atterbury; and his sister, Suzi (Atterbury) McClintock.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Grand Brook Memory Care, where Eustace has resided since 2017, for their love and devotion, and to Anchor of Hope Hospice.

In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, only a limited number of invited guests will be allowed to attend the Graveside Service.

The graveside service will also be video recorded and will be available following the graveside service on Eustace’s obituary page.

The graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Ridgeview Memorial Park at the Garden Pavillion, 2525 Central Expressway North in Allen, Texas. Those who would like to honor Eustace and show their support to his family may attend the graveside service by standing at a minimum distance of 20 feet from the tent and 6 feet apart from one another to comply with social distancing directives or you may remain in your vehicle. You will be able to listen to the service through speakers set up at the gravesite.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories and expressions of sympathy on Eustace’s obituary page at the TJMfuneral.com. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

The Alzheimer’s Association of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001- www.alz.org

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Hwy North, Cherry Hills, NJ 08034 www.mymsa.org

The American Diabetes Foundation, or The Glioblastoma Foundation

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It was a pleasure to have known Eustace. I had known most of the family for years but I didn't get to know Eustace until I helped out as a CNA for his wife, Jan. We had lots of long talks about gardening, rock hunting, and Jan on our daily walks. His down to earth personality and sense of humor made us quick friends. Even though a few years have passed since then, the time I spent with the two of them will always hold a special place in my heart. Much love to the family. Dixie Dixie Shewbirt, April 27, 2020 I fondly remember looking up to my Uncle Eustace as a role model of Duty, Honor and Faithfulness. Seeing him in his Navy Whites made a big impression on me as a small boy. He was a practical joker but always kind and deeply thoughtful and caring for his family and friends. Even as Alzheimer's Disease took him he remained kind and caring to the end. I will always draw encouragement and strength from his example of caring for Aunt Jan throughout the long course of her battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Uncle Eustace never wavered in his faith and determination to personally provide the very best care for her. You are Loved and greatly missed. Jack Ledbetter, April 27, 2020 I had the pleasure of knowing Eustance a little later in life and have countless fond memories of him. He shared so many stories/memories that will stay with me for a lifetime. He touched my heart with the tenderness in his voice when he spoke of his wife, the love his life, gave me the wisdom to develop a good golf game, took my breath away when he talked about the beauty of the park in Oakland and gave me a good giggle when he nicknamed me "Good Lookin". It was an honor and pleasure to be a part of his and his sweet family's life. He will be deeply missed. Christina Voss, April 24, 2020