Feb. 7 Obituaries
Dorothy June Lee Beatty, 83, of Odessa, joined her loved ones in Heaven on Feb. 4, 2018. She had slowly declined in health over the previous years and passed from this earth surrounded by her caregivers Charlene Beauchamp, Deidra Lewis and Kenny Lewis at Medical Center Hospital. In the days before, she was blessed to be surrounded by family and to have the chance to say goodbye and let everyone know that it was going to be OK.
Funeral service for Mrs. Beatty will be held at 1:15 p.m. Friday in the Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit with Terry Pierce officiating. Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Dorothy June was born on July 4, 1934 in Rotan to Dena Francis Doyle and Charles Alvin Lee. She was one of 12 children, but was the first-born girl. Being the oldest girl, she would in many ways take on not only the role of devoted sister, but also as momma to her siblings who often times refer to her as their sister momma. She would become their protector and at times their guardian angel as she once saved her sister Mary from a snake and her sister Betty from drowning in the pond when she was just a small child.
The role of momma would follow her throughout her life. Her first marriage to Henry Carrol Paul would bless her with her first two children, Linda Jane and Glenda Pearl. She would later remarry to Gerald Reno Beatty. The union would bring forth four more children, Barbara Ann, Jerry Lee, Charlene Francis and the baby of the family, Amy June.
Dorothy viewed her children and their families as her ultimate accomplishment in life and they were her pride and joy. She was quick to share their pictures, their stories and share their memories with anyone who was willing to listen. While a large family was a blessing, funds were often tight, but she did her best to provide for her children and try to make everything alright.
Dorothy was no stranger to hard work and perseverance. She held many jobs throughout her life, but she is most known for the 20-plus years that she dedicated to Long John Silver’s. She would hold her position there as cashier and server until her body simply could not keep up any longer.
There is no doubt that Dorothy was a wonderful sister, a proud momma and a hard worker, but she really hit her stride in life when she was given the title of Grandma or as some affectionately refer to her as “Gmom.” She loved and adored each and every one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whether they lived near or far.
She cherished the pictures she received and would spend countless hours editing photos and framing them so that her children and their families were always in her sight and in her heart.
Those closest to her would say that she will be most remembered for her selfless way, always putting herself last, her quick humor, strong will, gentle nature, soft spoken words of wisdom, her beautiful smile, mothering nature, potato salad and the love she shared with everyone she met.
Dorothy Beatty was greeted at the gates of Heaven by her first husband, Henry Carrol Paul; her second husband, Gerald Rene Beatty; her parents, Dena and Charles Alvin; her brothers, Charles Alvin Jr., William Alvin “Babe,” Neil Truman, Claude Lewis “Chilli,” Glen, Dewey, Charles Ray and James Henry “Jimmy;” her stepson, Gerald Jerry Beatty Jr.; and her stepdaughter, Roberta Beatty Frost.
Survivors include her sisters, Betty Kinchelo of Clyde, Mary Isbell of Snyder and Doris Hammit of Rockport; her children, Linda Packman and her husband, John, of San Antonio, Glenda and Dewayne Campbell of Houston, Barbara and Larry Joy of Unionville, Jerry and Bobbie Beatty of Katy, Charlene and Jeffrey Beauchamp of Kermit and Amy and Shane Christenson of Houston; the sparkles of her eye, her grandchildren, Kelly, Matt, Mallory, Lori, Leslie, Daina, Larry Dwayne, Shelby, Sydney, Samantha, Denise, James, Deidra, and Justin; and her great-grandchildren, Harold, Charley, Madeline, Shelby, Logan, Apreada, Topher, Lane, Ashley, Grace, Jacklyn, Kenny, Damien and Kayla.
Dorothy June Lee Beatty may have slipped temporarily away from those who loved her most upon this earth, but she will always remain close to our hearts, in our memories and on our minds for she truly did love a lot in her life. Until we meet again Que Sera Sera.
Memorials may be made to West Texas Diamonds in the Ruff.
Vernon Young, 88, of Snyder, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
Memorial service for Mr. Young will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Miller Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Young was born on May 25, 1929 in Clinton, Okla. to Melvin and Lela (Perkins) Young. Vernon spent his early years working for the Ritz Theater and Buddy’s Office Supply. He spent over the last 25 years working at the Big Country/Reagor-Dykes Chevrolet House. He enjoyed dancing and gathering with friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Young of Leander and Mark Young of Longmont, Colo.; one daughter, Teresa Nicklas of Longmont, Colo.; two brothers, Stanley Young of Greenville and Paul Young of Fort Worth; a very special friend of 22 years, Rosa Lee Crow of Snyder; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be posted at www.millerfamilyfuneralhome.com.