Gary Spencer Chevalier, known to many in his drag persona "Precious Memories," died suddenly at his home of natural causes on Nov. 30. He was 62.

Chevalier worked for several years at the Kroger store on Cedar Springs as a courtesy clerk, a florist, a wine steward and wine consultant.

He was a member of the United Court of the Lone Star Empire, performing as Precious Memories with the court for at least 15 years, helping raise about $3 million for LGBT and AIDS community organizations. He was also co-founder of the annual "Silent Easter Basket Auction," a benefit for the Resource Center of Dallas’ food pantry for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Friends said that Chevalier thought of all those who worked with him and those who shopped at the Kroger as his family. He adopted everyone that crossed his path and was always buying things for co-workers in need. He also bought Christmas gifts for everyone’s children as if they were his own.

Chevalier’s friends thought of him as a social worker for the community. They said Chevalier didn’t care if you were a bum on the street or an angel sent from heaven, he treated everyone with respect and dignity. As Precious Memories, he went out of his way to raise funds for every charity he could, never asking for anything in return. He had an infectious smile and would give someone the shirt off his back, even if that person had treated him badly in the past. He was a constant friend who loved people unconditionally.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. at Grace Fellowship in Christ Jesus, 411 South Westmoreland, with the Rev. Linda Harris presiding. It will be followed by a dinner and celebration of Chevalier’s life.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 5, 2008.
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