OBITUARY

Calvin W Cooley

April 2, 1939July 3, 2019
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Calvin Wayne Cooley, Sr. left this life on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the age of 80. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 S. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Merkel First Baptist Church, 301 Locust. Burial will be at Midway Cemetery in Hodges. Calvin was born April 2, 1939 at Hendrick Hospital to Edward Jefferson Cooley and Lily Inez Stephenson Cooley of Hodges, TX. He attended Hodges School until 8th grade graduation. He then attended Hawley High School, where he graduated in 1957. He was a star athlete in basketball and track for Hawley High, winning state championships in track and field. He was recruited by many top colleges in the nation to join their track teams on full scholarships, but chose to become part of Coach Oliver Jackson’s winning track program at Abilene Christian College. While at ACC, he and his teammates set many world and national records at some of the largest track meets in the country. Calvin received his bachelor of science degree in 1962 and went on to teach history and coach at Crocket Junior High in Odessa. He then moved to Corpus Christi King High School as head track and assistant football coach. He married Barbara Sedberry of Hawley and had three children, Calvin Jr., Craig and Christa. In 1966, he retired from teaching and coaching and entered the farming and ranching business in Hodges, where he lived until 1988 before moving to Noodle. He enjoyed many years farming and ranching with his family, where he became known as an honest, hard worker. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his older brother David Edward. He is survived by Barbara Cooley; sons Calvin Wayne Cooley, Jr., (Corie and Kaylee) and Craig Dean Cooley (Mandy); and daughter, Christa Lynette Erb (Kenny); He is also survived his younger brother, Richard B. Cooley (Judy, James, Koda and Hunter); a younger sister, Wanda Gayle Sellers (George, Carla and Kayla); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Bruce Land

July 9, 2019

To Calvin's family,
Calvin and I were close friends through out high school and even through college. We were running mates in track and played basketball together also. Although we participated at different universities we kept up the close friend ship even today. I can still hear that big old deep gruff voice hollering at me, no matter where we were, in a restaurant, in a gymnasium or a graduation ceremony., didn't matter to him at all. I loved the man he became. He was a great athlete, one of the best hurdlers in the U.S. and even the world. He was a good farmer/rancher and he will be missed.
Prayers will be sent up for his wife Barbara and his family, I did not get to know his children and I am sorry for that but I knew all of the other family members and will be thinking about them in the days to come.

Dennis Richardson

July 8, 2019

A memory of Calvin, Earl and I at Calvin’s induction into ACU Hall of Fame. Rest In Peace my friend.

Kaylee Scheets

July 7, 2019

I am so glad youre one of the biggest influencers in my life. I love you with all my heart and I'm glad for all the memorys we shared together. I'm glad I know that a great man is up there in heaven watching over us!! Thank you cowboy for everything!!!

Howard and Jacqueline Scheets

July 7, 2019

We love you all dearly. Our prayer is that the cherished memories, Cowboy Cooley has left for you to hold will help mend your broken hearts. This Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother & friend has not left you behind. He goes to prepare a place for you. Peace be in your hearts family. We love you

Jim Womack

July 7, 2019

I was two years behind Calvin at both Hawley and ACC so I had the double pleasure of watching him dominate opponents and set state, national and world records at both levels. My favorite memory, however, is recalling Calvin (5' 10") walk into the old Hawley gym in jeans and boots, pick up a basketball, and dunk it with both hands. He was a fierce competitor and great teammate in addition to being one of the best athletes I ever saw perform. My dad was fortunate to coach Calvin in high school and remained extremely proud of him throughout his life. He logged a lot of miles, sometimes with Ed and Inez, watching Calvin run in college meets around the state. Calvin's accomplishments prompted high school coaches in the region to ask Dad for tips on coaching runners. He said he smiled and told them "With Calvin, it isn't complicated: run as fast as you can and turn left." Calvin made Hawley and ACC proud. My thoughts and prayers for a fine family.

deanna poen

July 7, 2019

I was glad to know Calvin. He was a good man. Never knew what he might say. He always made me laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will be greatly missed.

Gary Smith

July 7, 2019

Sorry to hear of Calvin's passing. All the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Ellen Wood

July 7, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. I have many memories of Calvin since we attended school from 1st grade and until graduation from high school. Twelve years making lots of memories. One memory of our senior year, we drove the school bus after returning home from the senior trip to Galveston was backing the school bus part way into Lake Fort Phantom to wash all the writings off of the windows and etc.. Could not do that now days.
My blessings to all of the families, may Calvin rest in peace.
Ellen Wood, Burleson Texas

Glo Lambert Hays

July 7, 2019

Bud Clanton, Earl Young, and maybe Bill Woodhouse ran at ACC on a relay team with Calvin. My daddy, “Top” Lambert told them that if they could run a certain relay in a certain time, he would feed them steaks at our house. The relay team broke their record and they came to our house for steaks. My older sister, Gayla, had just gotten a Ouija board. Calvin and Bud started “playing” Ouija. Bud would say, “Cal, quit moving it...you’re spooking me out!” And Calvin would reply, “Clan, YOU are the one moving it! Stop!” I remember two good friends calling each other “Cal” and “Clan.” They we’re awesome friends and fantastic teammates!

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