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Central Texas Radio Pioneer Dies At 77

Gaylon Christie (Courtesy photo)

Gaylon Christie (Courtesy photo)

NOLANVILLE (January 16, 2014) Longtime Central Texas radio broadcaster and community leader Gaylon Christie died Wednesday at a Temple hospital and in his wake left devoted friends and thousands of former listeners.

Funeral services for Christie are set at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lifeway Fellowship Church, 4001 E. Elms Road in Killeen.

Burial will precede the service at Killeen City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Friday evening at Lifeway Church.

The family requests memorials may be made to Lifeway Fellowship Church, Central Texas Children's Center.

Christie, 77, was born in Holland and made his way to the radio microphone at KTEM, in Temple, in 1954.

He moved to radio stations in Taylor, Killeen, Port Arthur, Belton and Fort Worth before returning to Central Texas in 1977 as owner of KOOV, in Copperas Cove, where he stayed until he sold the station and retired in 2001.

Outside the realm of radio Christie served as a Harker Heights city councilman from 1966 to 1974 and from 1982 to 1985 and was three times elected mayor pro-tem.

Christie also was an avid supporter of the military and served as president of the local chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.

Christie also served as director of the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and as a board member on the Killeen chamber.

Nationally Christie was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in February, 2013 during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.


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