Odessa High School
Class of 1959
"P" Classmates
Updated May 15, 2014


Click on the letter corresponding to the classmate's last name in 1959

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Current married name enclosed in ( )

Annual Name/address Biographical Sketch & current picture
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Mary Ellen (Smiley) Pangle 
4036 Dugan Ln. 
Weatherford, TX 76088 
(h) (817) 596-4585 

Found 04/15/09 by Joyce (Greenlee) McCarty. Married to Jerry B. Smiley. Update 04/23/09.
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Tex Paris

2000 Regal Rd.

Midland, TX  79707

(h) (432) 694-0412 
(c) (432) 352-7461 
Click to enlargeThree (3) Daughters: April Paris; Aimee Paris Shelton; Amanda Paris Helm. Five (5) Grandchildren: Nathan, Andrew & Daniel Shelton; Hannah and Aaron Helm. Married to Judie Tripp in 2003. Retired - Director of Career & Technology Education, Midland I.S.D for 23 years. Update 03/16/09.

Bonita Joan (Gandy) Parker
13862 Old Military Road
New Blaine AR 72851
(h) (479) 938-7139
(c) (479) 264-6234
(w) (479) 938-7139

Married to Bill M. Gandy for 45 years. One son, Tony Dee and wife Cindy. One grandchild, Brittany and 2 step-granddaughters, Amanda Elsken & Rebecca Elsken. One daughter, Misty Gay Gandy Knoles and husband Chris. Two grand-daughters, Christy Brooke & Linzey Grace. Tony is a manager of a meat market in a grocery store and Misty is a homemaker. Her husband is a sales manager for Russellville Steel Company, in Russellville, AR. After living in West Texas for 13 years & working in the oilfield, we moved to Arkansas where we owned a farm. The children were born in Odessa but we wanted them to be settled in one place for school so we moved to the farm. Our son Tony Dee is married to Cindy & has one daughter, Brittany & two step-children Amanda & Rebecca. Our daughter, Misty Gay Gandy Knoles is married to Chris & has two daughters, Christy Brooke & Linzey Grace. We have one pet, a Manx cat, named Korky. I have been in the poultry business for 30 years with Tyson Foods. I grow broilers. We also have cattle on the farm. Bill retired after 21 years, from Dow Chemical Company. He has managed East Logan County Water for 11 Years. We plan to semi-retire in August of 2003. We enjoy spending time in Branson, MO. and still make occasional trips to West Texas. We still have family there. Two nephews, Roland and Chuck Gandy. We also have 2 sisters-in-law there, Mrs. O.C."Smokey" Gandy and Mrs. Ray Gandy. We attend First Baptist Church in Scranton, AR where Bill serves as a deacon and I teach TEENS in Sunday School. I also serve as church treasurer. Updated 03/05/09.
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Jeff Parker

Deceased (02/09/09)
click to enlarge I believe that this is our Jeff Parker. The obit says he was in the first grad class of Permian. However, the picture looks like him to me. Also, in the 58 yearbook, he is listed as Jeffery and in 57, listed as Lynn. I am attaching a picture that was with the obit. Maybe he did not get to graduate for some reason. 

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Jeffery Lyn Parker, 67, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at his home in Haskell. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in the Double Mountain Cemetery, Peacock, Texas, with Bro. Tony Grand officiating. Arrangements made with Holden McCauley Funeral Home. Jeff was born Sept.28, 1941, in Peacock, Texas, to R.J. Parker and Ida Myers Parker. He married Shirley Dunlap on July 2, 1966, in Spur. In 1961, he was in the first graduating class of Permian High School in Odessa. He later received his Associates Degree in firefighting. In 1998, Jeff retired after 31 years as a firefighter (Lt.) for the City of Abilene. Jeff is survived by his wife, Shirley Parker, of Haskell; a daughter, Shalin White and husband, Dewaine, of Midland; his parents, R.J. Parker and Ida Myers Parker, of Jayton; a granddaughter, Trinity Elysse White, of Midland; two sisters, Betty Wright, of Abilene, and Roanna Stinnett and husband, Charles, of Sweetwater; and many nieces and nephews.Update 06/17/09.
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Lynn V. Parker

202 Thurman Loop

Llano, TX  78643

(h) (325) 248-0045        hallpark@yahoo.com     Updated 5-15-2014
Married to Sandra Sue Hall, 2 children, 5 grandchildren. Welder. Hobbies: hunting and fishing. Update 1999.
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Jimmie Lee Parrish 
919 Boykin Rd

Big Springs, TX 79720
Found Wade Drennan 03/04/09.
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Linda Sue (Alsup) Patton

5435 Creekbend Drive

Houston, TX  77096 


(h) (713) 729-7243
Updated 06/04/04.
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James Michael Perkins

Deceased (11/19/86)
Info per Don Giddens: James Michael Perkins b ca 1941 died 11/19/ 1986 in Ector County and is buried in Sunset MG. Update 02/26/09.
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Ronny Lee Perkins

Classmates confirm he is alive and well. No further information available. Update 09/24/09.


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James King "Blackie" Perry

1000 Arizona St. #7

El Paso, TX  79902 
PH: (915) 540-1347

Click to enlargeHave four children, 3 grandchildren (Granddaughter Erica Perry, Age 23, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader (5th year) Erica was part of USO/Iraq, Korea. CEO Greyhound VTC Busco. World Champion Rodeo Clown PRCA  24 years in USA, Mexico. TCU in Fort Worth, 1965; Dallas Institute of Mortuary Service; BA Marketing. University of Texas at Austin, Ex Alumni 1973. Currently Owner El Paso Charter Buses, hotels. I often think about all the kids I went to school with at OHS. Our class was close.  I love all of them. Miss seeing my best friends. We were all good kids. See you at the reunion. Hook'em horns. Honory United States Marshal. September 25 2009 world champion rodeo clown will lead  off the state fair  parade in Dallas Texas at 12 noon then come to Odessa for the 50th reunion will be in the parade with my granddaughter a Dallas Cowboy cheerleder  she has been a cheerleader for Dallas for 5 years I am really proud of her Updated  01/07/11.
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John Eddie Perry

6321 Rutgers

Houston, TX  77005

(h) (713) 664-4985
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Linda (Wallender) Perry

3001 Bainbridge

Odessa, TX  79762
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Donna Jean (Unger) Petty

5415 Well Service Rd

Bowie, TX  76230

(h) (940) 872-2697 
Married to Don, 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Retired real estate agent. Hobbies: grandchildren, bridge, travel, camping. Update 04/04/09.
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Glenn Petty

3118 Amarillo,

Abilene, TX  79602 


(h) (325) 698-9908
(c) (325) 660-1336
(w) (325) 671-4078
(325) 671-4044
(click to enlarge)Married Sandie Crawford (OHS class of '59) Children: Glenda (Petty) & Phillip James, with Jordan, 10, & Brayden 4, Glenn, Jr. & Michelle, with Lakin 12, Sydney 9, & Sydnee, 8, Christi (Petty) & Jimmy Saunders with Rhett, 17 & Justin, 16. Hobbies include fishing & woodworking (both very limited). We have a house at Lake Brownwood and get down there often enough to mow and pull weeds! Taught & coached in El Paso, Odessa, Big Spring, Abilene, Howard Payne University, then back to Abilene. Then became a campus administrator for 13 years before becoming a central office administrator for 9 years. Currently in my 2nd year as the Abilene ISD Athletic Director. Wife Sandie worked in the registrar's office at Big Spring for 3 years, then as a campus secretary in Abilene for 4 years, then in the financial aid office at Howard Payne for 2 years, then a campus secretary in Abilene for 5 years before moving to be the registrar at Cooper High School, which she has held for 18 years. One note of interest -- Sandie & I occasionally visit with Reba Boyd, the registrar at OHS our senior year! We attend the same church. Updated 03/24/03.
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Doyle Wayne Phillips

4608 McKnight

Odessa, TX  79762

(h) (432) 366-0585                Cell 432-528-4019
san-way@swbell.net          Updated 5-15-2014
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Maylene (Hilbun) Phillips  
7046 Tipperary Rd. 
Brownwood, TX 76801 
(h) (325) 784-8664  
(c) (325) 200-5463

click to enlargeMarried James Lewis Lunsford December 20, 1956; one son James Lewis Lunsford, Jr. born 11-10-57. My son is a distributor of Budwiser in South Haven,MS. I finished by GED in 1977 in Lubbock, TX and worked for Albertsons in Odessa, Midland & Lubbock for 25 years. I am now retied with my current husband Albert Sidney Hilbun. Attended Odessa College, Texas Tech, Midland College where I took real estate courses and computer. I have 2 grandchildren, Trey Lunsford who played baseball for Texas Tech. He was drafted by San Francisco Giants (Catcher). He now works with his dad James Lunsford, Jr. My grandaughter is interning in Temple, Texas, she will be a doctor in pharmacy. My great grandson Camden Reed Lunsford is 14 months old. My daughter-in-law Joan works for my son and also Trey works as Gen. Mgr. Both my son and his wife graduated from OHS. We live at Brownwood Lake down in the cove and love it there. We belong to the Grace Lutheran Church. I was president for the Womans Missary League for 2 years. My husband (Al) has 2 sons, one lives in Austin and the other in Stephenville, Tx. Joh and Bobby both finished college and have good jobs. Update 09/06/09.

Tommy Phillips

Box 2210

Alice, TX  78332
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Larry Wayne Philpot 
Deceased (03/27/04)

lka:Larry Wayne Philpot, 21306 Old Ranch Road, Houston, TX 77073, (713) 443-6990. Updated 04/01/04.
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JoAnne Pickering

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Paul Edward Pickett

6926 Menio St.

Mesa, AZ  85207 

(h) (602) 985-3061
(c) (602) 980-2853
Click to enlarge First of all, I want to say how relieved I was to discover my name was not on the deceased list. I joined the Navy out of high school, married 3 years later, have one daughter, she is due 11/04. We had horses for 30 years, still have dogs, a boat, His and her Harleys, We both recently got our pilots license and a Cessna 182. We are Christians. We've gone to the same church and in the same house for 36 years. I get tired just looking at all the stuff we're involved in. My Wife, Cherene, graduated from Loma Linda University and I graduated from Mesa Community College. Cherene is a Dental Hygienist and I am recently retired. I have never been to any of the reunions, because I was pretty much a loaner and didn't pal around with anyone. I like people, so I would probably have a good time if I attended. Thanks to all who have taken the trouble to keep up with people and organize things. Updated 10/20/04.
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Ray Pierce

PO Box 9729

Phoenix, AZ  85068-9729

(h) (602) 547-0045 
(c) (602) 550-4406 
Married to Judi for 11 years Two grown boys from my first marriage, Two step children boy and girl both grown. Five grand children. Hobbies: Golf-Shooting-Poker. Retired from Equipment Rental business in 2000 after 30 years.Update 06/03/09.
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James V. Pipkin

7002 Miami Avenue

Lubbock, TX  79413 

(h) (806) 799-7215 
(c) (806) 548-4747 
Married to Phyllis for 46 years,two sons,one grandson,and one dog. Update 06/21/09.
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Lana Ve (Carothers RN) Pittman

116 Woodrow Circle

Little Elm, TX  75068-5209 



I am married to the same guy I married my senior year. We have three grown children, all married, professional people. My first son, Kerry, is an accountant in business with a colleague who handles professional athletes. Four children. UNT Denton. My daughter Kay is a dental hygienist, graduate of TWU, Denton. My youngest son Chris owns his own business, is a custom builder, graduate of UNT, has three children.. I live in the country by the lake and I love it. Can't wait to hear from you and some of our other classmates. I wish I had come to the Reunion. It would have been great to see some of my old classmates. I have just retired this year and am still "in limbo" so to speak. I am taking time to do this today because I had surgery on my dominant arm last Tuesday and can do little else. My husband is retired and has been for some time, so it's nice to be able to do things when you want to. it seems so strange not to have the limits of a work routine. I am still not used to that. Updated 09/09/2011
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Nancye (Castleberry) Pittman
Deceased (04/20/2010)

Nancye E. Castleberry,
69, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Nancye was born in Jessieville, Arkansas. She lived most of her childhood through teenage years in Odessa, Texas and graduated Odessa High School in 1959. Nancye moved to Longview, Texas in 1970 where she raised her three children with her husband, Boyce Alexander. She was of the Christian Faith and worked as a secretary for her own home improvement business. She is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin Vermont and Mercelle (McBee) Pittman; husband Bill Castleberry, and two brothers Bill and Vernon Pittman. Survivors include her sons David Alexander and wife Diane of Dallas Texas, Randy Alexander and wife Kimberly of Dallas, Texas; daughter - Laura Civa and husband Jack of Dallas, Texas; and six grandchildren Brooks and Reid Alexander, Parker and Paxton Alexander, and Claire and Abigail Civa.Visitation will be from 5:00 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2010 at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steven Simpson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Update 04/24/2010

Jo Ruth Pitts 
3846 Old Post Rd 
San Angelo, TX 76904 
(h) (215) 944-8214 

Found by Joyce (Greenlee) McCarty 
Update 04/23/09.



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James Poe

9802 Fairmont Parkway

Pasadena, TX  77507
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Jacklyn Ann (Abbott) Porter

1014 Forest River

Channelview, TX  77530 

(h) (281) 543-1412

(w) (281) 458-3826
Daughter Ann Brown married to Mike (Conroe,TX) - grandson Dustin Ragsdale married to Jen (Saginaw, TX), granddaughter Hayley Ragsdale, will begin 2nd year nursing school in San Angelo this fall. Son Scott Shipley married to Doris (Huntington, TX) - granddaughter Krystal Stanbery married to Chris (Diboll,TX), grandson Michael Shipley working for county parks dept., grandson Zachary Shipley,will be jr next year. Son Ross Shipley (divorced) Houston, TX - grandson Darian Shipley - Rockwall, TX works at Old Navy, grandson Braden Shipley - jr next year One pet - Buttons, the kitty - she rules the roost.... Hobby - scrapbooking. Especially enjoy and treasure the family heritage....can trace roots back from the old country. This is also a time when my friends join me - they call me the "dealer"...since I hooked them on the hobby too. From Tupperware (warehouse inventory) to trucking.... Worked for oilfield trucking companies for appx 25 yrs. from receptionist to billing to dispatch to asst dist manager for 30+ terminals in Texas. Now am working part time for another trucking company... guess the oilfield and the diesel don't get out of your system. Direct the Bell Choir at church....what a joy that is! Believe that a glass (or so) of wine is definitely a source for good health! Despite two divorces, I got the better of the deal when I got custody of the mothers-in-law.... they are definitely "keepers"... My life is blessed with wonderful friends....what treasures they are to me!! Update 08/02/09. 
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Robert C. Porter

4929 N.W. 31st Street

Oklahoma City, OK  73122


(h) (405) 946-1857
Married, 2 children, 4 grandchildren. Sales executive. I have been married for 31 years. Lived in Oklahoma City for 35 years. Update 04/22/01.

Timothy Porter

545 FM 12488 Rd, Apt. 4205 
Conroe, TX  77384 
(c) (281) 686-5245



click to enlargeNow divorced twice. My second wife is now in the later stages of Alzheimers.
Two children, Stewart married to Kelly. They have two children. Nicholas who is 12 and Miranda who is 14. My daughter (Stephanie Fox) has one daughter, Holly, who just turned 12. Stephanie's husband is the manager of Aramark Concessions for the Cincinnati Bengals. I've been on LTD since 1990. Had two cervical fusions. I spent 9 years in the Army as a Medic. Moved my family back to Munich, Germany where I worked as a Computer Operator/Supervisor for three years. Worked for the US Navy as a Computer Programmer for 4 years. This was in New Orleans. Then worked as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for The University of Texas, Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. Then worked as a Data Dictionary analyst for Pennzoil also in Houston. I got my BA in Philosophy/Sociology from Sam Houston State University in 1994. I went one more year to get a degree in Secondary Education, and after my 6 months of student teaching I lost all interest in teaching High Schoolers. I was afraid I'd punch some young man's lights out if I took a full time teaching job. Now that I;ve got the BA I have noone to talk with about either subject. I did a minor in English. After my separation from my second wife I moved into an apartment complex for people over 55. I've been here for two years now and just now being able to live by myself. Most of the folks here are women (most of whom are over 75) we have one 99 yr old man who just remarried to a 75 year old woman. My best friend here just had half of his right foot amputated due to diabetes. He is only in his 50's. I have one main female friend I meet in the dining hall on Thursdays and Fridays. She is somewhere in her eighties. Every Friday night the complex has a DJ come in to play records or guys who sing for two hours and people in their 80's to early 90's dance. I can't do the twist anymore because of neuropathy so I just sit and watch everyone else dance. I'm really looking to attending the 50th reunion. I've already been in touch with a guy I haven't seen in over 50 years. Update 06/26/09.
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Jim Posey

P.O. Box 4294

Houston, TX  77210
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Shirley (Thomas) Potts

P. O. Box 1669 

Colleyville, Tx  76034


(h) (817) 562-1987
(c) (817) 907-4633

(click to enlarge)Lowell and I have been married for 49 years and have two sons, Michael and wife (Allyson) He is a pilot with American Airlines and our son Lang and wife (Lorie) and granddaughter (Logan 10 yrs old and grandson Cade 3 years old) Lang and Lorie represent World Ventures, They are network marketing professionals. Our hobby is travel. Lowell and I are professional network marketers, and have been with Mannatech, Inc., since it started in 1994.This has been an amazing career because our company has developed science based patented products that are designed to help people receive the nutrients our bodies need to maintain good health. It has been tremendously rewarding financially as well. Our company is a global company in sixteen countries and we have associates personally in those countries. We have recently expanded our business to the travel industry and it is an eight trillion dollar industry so there is huge opportunity there also. Our business is all about the people; helping them to achieve their dreams and goals. We have been so blessed to work with so many people including our own children. We travel together and work together. There may be a better way to make a living, but we can't think of what it might be. It is good to have the "one minute commute" and work from the Home Office-at home. If anyone wants to have some fun and make some money, give us a call. Update 09/17/09. 
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Darlene Price

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Jim Prichard

2911 Dawn

Odessa, TX  79762

(h) (432) -853-6543           Updated 5-15-2014
Married to Phyllis (Bunger), 2 children, 1 grandchild. Retired teacher. Hobby; golf. Update 1999.
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Carmon (Koonce) Pruett

78 San Clemente Circle 
Mission Estates 

Odessa, TX  79765

(h) (432) 563-1150 
(c) (432) 559-4140
click to enlargeI have been married to Don Koonce for almost 46 years. In the mid-to-late 60's, we lived in Lakeland, Florida for six years where Don was the merchandising manager for a large furniture chain in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. We moved to San Antonio for a brief period and then returned to Odessa in 1973 to take over ownership of a family business, Pioneer Furniture. We recently retired after 35 years in the business and are enjoying our children and grandchildren. Our son Larry is president of North American Drilling Corporation; he and his wife Suzanne have three children, Christopher 7, John 5, and Kayla 3. Our daughter Dr. Shannon Rivas and her husband Dr. Sammy Rivas both practice medicine in Lubbock, Texas. Shannon is a pulmonoligist and critical care specialist, and Sammy is a general surgeon. They have three children, Sophie 10, Seth 3, and Shelby 1. Needless to say, we have so much fun when we all get together! I still enjoy interior decorating, cooking, and especially sewing. Don and I enjoy our home, our everyday life, our church and church family. We have been truly blessed! I am eager to renew old friendships from OHS days. Doris Jane (Sewell) Moore and I are still BBF's--Best Friends Forever! 
Update 08/02/09.

Bobby Gene Pruitt

12380 Crawford RD. NE.
Palmyra IN 47614 
(h) (812) 364-6631
Married Barbara [a Permian student] in 1961. Three children. Two girls, one boy, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Wife passed away in 1992 from cancer. Moved away from Odessa in 1972. I come back to visit sisters when possible. Updated 04/21/2004.
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Glynda Pryor

3053 Modella

Dallas, TX  75229

(h) (972) 247-2275 
(c) (972) 814-4050 
(w) (972) 228-9955
click to enlarge Life has truly been a journey. After graduating from high school and Texas Tech, I moved to Ft. Worth and eventually was transferred back to Odessa. After a two year stay, I moved to Dallas. Over the course of my life I think I have moved back and forth from Dallas to Houston at least four or five times. In 1994 I married and in moved to Massachusetts. But only stayed five months because of the intense winter. I had never seen so much snow that had to be shoveled. My husband and I moved back to Dallas. After three years of marriage he passed away and I have remained in Dallas. My health has been terrific. I am still working and am thankful that I love getting up in the morning and being active. Everyday is a blessing. Most of professional career has been in sales and management. Currently I sell office furniture for a company in Dallas. We primarily sell to the government. Most recently I have just returned from Ft. Stewart, GA where I we are in the process of building and installing a 27 million dollar project. Updated 06/16/09.
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David Lee Purser
Deceased (06/22/08)

Click to enlargeOBIT: BROKEN ARROW, OKLA. David Lee Purser, beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on June 22, 2008. David was born on April 2, 1941, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He lived half his life in Northeast Oklahoma around the Tulsa, Sapulpa, Muskogee, Wagoner areas and half his life in the Midland-Odessa, Texas area where he graduated from Odessa High School with the class of 1959. He excelled as a running back in football for Odessa High until he went to New Mexico State on a scholarship. He was a successful businessman until he retired in the late '90s. He is survived by his son, Darrell Purser; daughter, Kristi Finley; son-in-law, Lonnie Finley; grandchildren, Brandi and Chase Finley; and step-grandsons, John and Jason Hathcoat. David was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Lynn Purser; and by Darrell and Phillip's mother, Sandra Sue Self, and Kristi's mother, Lynda Purser. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 27, at 10 a.m. at Floral Haven, 6500 S. 129 E. Ave., Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Cancer Society under 'David Lee Purser' at this website: www.cancer.org and follow the links to 'Mosaic of Hope'. Click on the links 'Find a Mosaic'; type in 'Purser' to locate David Lee Purser's page and help fight to stamp out this disease. Update 06/12/09.

Charles M. Pyron
12310 Uttimer Ln
Austin, TX 78753
(h) (512) 719-3334 


click to enlargeMarried to Peggy Tardo for 30 years. Five (5) children; Seven (7) Grandchildren. Hobbies are Home projects, working in the yard. 10 Years working in West Texas Oilfields. 35 Years plant construction; construction management and sales. Retired in 2004; loving every minute of it! God is good, Amen!. Update 03/28/09.