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Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors

4635 Oakwood Drive, Odessa, TX

OBITUARY

Roy Victor Hyson

January 22, 1925June 24, 2019
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Roy Victor Hyson, 94, passed into the loving arms of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, June 24, 2019 at Madison Medical Resort in Odessa after a brief illness. He was born January 22, 1925 to Louise (Bohl) and Charles Franklin Hyson in Dewey, Oklahoma. Roy graduated from Eureka High School in Eureka, Kansas, where he ran track and played basketball. Roy served in WWII from Sept 1944 to Sept 1945 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 15th Air Force APO 520, 720th Bomb Squad 450th Bomb Group as a Bombardier with battles/campaigns in the Rhineland, Po Valley and North Appennines in Italy. He received the Air Medal European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. He was appointed to the Air Force Reserves from September 1945 and was honorably discharged May 5, 1955.

Roy moved to Odessa to work for Phillips Petroleum Company where he met and married the love of his life, Priscilla Ann Lawhorne on November 29, 1958. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was then baptized July 27, 1958 at Crescent Park Baptist Church where he continued to be a member and servant for the rest of his life.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Priscilla; parents, 3 sisters and 6 brothers. He is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Deanna and Ken Peden of Odessa and Shara and Benny Clemments of Wylie, TX; grandchildren Drew Ken Peden of San Marcos, TX, Alexa Sarah Chapman of Wylie, TX and Delaine Kay Peden of Midland, TX; nieces Deanna Sue Wolverton and Janet Hyson; nephews, Rudy (Marjorie) Hyson and Vernon (Cathy) Hyson. Other extended family members include Angie Isaacks (Dennis), Jamie Isaacks and Parker Witt of Midland; Cousins, Peggy Joneson, CJ (Donald) Chambers, Morgan and MacKenzie of Houston, TX. He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews.

Roy enjoyed serving others in addition to his family by volunteering with LLL and 50+ at Crescent Park Baptist Church, Meals-on-Wheels, Mission Messiah work crews, the Permian Football Booster Club, Permian Band Booster, PHS Choir, and was the Bonham Band Booster President when his daughters attended. In retirement he attended monthly Philresters, daily coffee with friends, in addition to his civic and church volunteering. Roy and his wife Priscilla enjoyed traveling and serving with Campers on Mission.

After having a stroke April 14, 2018 Roy continued rehabilitation and enjoyed living at Madison Medical resort where he made many friends and put a smile on everyone’s face. The family would like to thank the staff at Madison for loving and caring for dad/papa like their own family. Thank you really isn’t sufficient to express the true appreciation we have for his certified nurses’ aides, nurses, food servers and cooks, housekeepers, therapists and others. We would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Medical Center Hospital in CCU and on the 9th floor for their care both during dad’s stroke hospitalization and this last illness. In addition, we want to thank Hospice of Odessa/Midland for helping us through these last few days with our beloved father, grandfather, Uncle Roy and friend.

Family Visitation is Friday Evening, June 28, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm at Frank Wilson Funeral Home 4635 Oakwood Dr. Odessa, TX. Roy will be honored with Military Graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens Saturday, June 29 @ 10:00am. Memorial Service is at Crescent Park Baptist Church, 3002 University Blvd on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11am, followed by a Celebration of Life Luncheon for all

family and friends. The family would like to thank all family and friends for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Roy’s memory to Crescent Park Baptist Church, Mission Messiah, Meals on Wheels, Circle 6 Ranch, or the charity of your choice are certainly appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 29, 2019

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Shara Clemments

July 26, 2019

Last Part: My dad got really tickled & laughed & laughed. One of the reasons it was so funny was that her dad had just put a new chew of tobacco in his mouth & the paint ruined it. Both men were men of few words. I bet my dad was thinking serves him right for dipping that stuff. Well then wouldn’t you know it, paint fell into my dad’s eye. Somehow WA kept from laughing & neither of them said anything about it. But WA didn’t let it go. The next day Roy called WA to see what time they were going to meet up. WA asked dad if he was blind. Dad said he hoped WA hadn’t seen that happen. Then they both laughed.
After dad’s stroke, my sister & I had a chance to give back to my dad for always taking care of us. We have tried to honor dad by vigilantly being with him & encouraging him to move forward. I went to see dad everyday for about 15 months with the exception of a few days out of town when Shara was here. Shara made it home to see him & care for him about every other weekend. Sometimes she just could not stand not being here to help. Her husband & she would then decide just to drive down & see him. Lexie & Delaine spent many days with their papa during this last year flying & driving in from the Dallas area. Delaine staying here to help out several time a week while she was working in the area. We were blessed to be able to demonstrate our love & honor for him. We miss him already & will do our best to cherish the memories we have. (Deanna Peden and Shara Chapman)

Shara Clemments

July 26, 2019

Part 3: We also always looked forward to the summer. Dad would take us to work with him for a whole day separately so it would be a special father daughter day at work. I’m sure it was a day, he had to make up, but it was fun for us. He took us to visit the pump jacks, drive on the dirt roads, & of course, stop & eat at the one diner in Goldsmith, Texas. When Shara turned 15, he taught her to drive on these dirt roads before letting me drive in town. When I was in college, my dad got me on with Phillips Petroleum to work in the oil field but mostly at the gasplant in Andrews. Back then in the 80’s, men’s work paid more that women’s work so I would rather make more money working like that than in an office being a secretary. I used this money to help mom & dad pay for my college. Dad always wanted to instill the value of hard work in us. Dad was a man of wisdom & integrity: Wisdom; knowing the right path to take & Integrity; taking the right path even when the other paths are easier. As Shara got older, dad helped her as a single mom to be a mentor to her & a father figure for her daughter Lexie. We admire him so much for stepping into these shoes for Lexie & Shara. Lexie’s relationship with him was one of a kind. He was always there to assist Shara even when Lexie was sick. Dad would also always help Shara around the house. ( He also helped me many times around my house as well.) Shara learned how to be her own fixer upper with his help. He helped Shara on many projects as he did with campers on mission. Painting, putting up dry way, helping change out sinks are just a few of the things he helped her learn to do. Janice Scott was telling us how her mom Jo Porter recalled Leon Porter & dad coming up here to Crescent Park on Saturdays & repairing & refurbishing things to keep things in working order. Sandi Rowe posted a story of my dad & her dad working at the church painting one year. So while painting the ceiling paint fell in her dad’s mouth.

Deanna Peden

July 26, 2019

Part 2: During our early elementary years, we started the Friday Night weekly Permian Football games. My dad was able to attend all the way through this last season at the age of 93 with my help. He rarely missed a game. (We rarely missed a game either.) We would sit in the rain & snow & hot & cold. Yes, we sat through a blizzard in Lubbock when Shara was in the 7th grade & Deanna in the 9th grade. It’s a good thing we stayed for the whole game, because a record setting field goal was set during that game in 1975 which held until 1992- for 62 yards.
Every summer, dad would take off for a 2 week for vacation. We went everywhere. Disneyland, Niagara Falls, Nashville, Yellowstone, & Washington, DC. I remember always having a great time & made many memories. We also made yearly trips to see his brothers & sisters & cousins who mostly lived in Kansas. Dad was also really good to spend some of that time traveling to see my mother’s relative who were mostly living in Arkansas & Texas. When Shara was in 6th grade & Deanna in the 8th grade, dad bought a motorhome to start traveling in. He always had a motorhome after this & as a family even with the grandkids, we would continue to travel. We took two extremely long trips with the grandchildren; one year to Yellowstone & the next one to South Dakota to Mt Rushmore & the Badlands etc. Another trip he took us all to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. ( Shara and Deanna Tribute to Roy Hyson our Daddy)

Deanna Peden

July 26, 2019

Part 1: Shara: I have many memories with my Dad. It’s hard to go all the way back to the beginning but I will do my best & try to keep it short. We always had a dog. Tempe had many puppies when Shara was about 9 months old. There are photos & movie video of her sitting in the middle of around 8-10 puppies, just barely able to pat, not pet, but pat them. Around the age of 5, Sparky came into the picture. He lived until Shara was around 23 years old & Deanna as about 25. Shara remembers dad & this dog Sparky having stand offs in the garage. The dog growling & barking at my dad & my dad holding a trash can like they were fighting. He always said he was going to kill that dog. Of course he never did, he had a soft spot for animals. You can see in one of the pictures in the tribute him holding their beloved dog Krissy whom they took on motor home trips with them in retirement. Also one of dad’s favorite things after the stroke was seeing & petting dogs & even Deanna’s cat. He loved seeing dogs’ people brought to Madison where he lived & thoroughly enjoyed going to Deanna’s home on Saturdays & seeing her dog Eevee who rode in his lap in the wheelchair & yapped gleefully every time she saw him. She was also very protective of dad & guarded him from others that she thought might hurt him. Shara remembers after dinner growing up that she would always sit on dad’s lap & tell him about her day. As she got older this was a time she would pluck his gray eyebrows & sideburns. (I bet ya’ll didn’t know he ever had any gray eye brows & side burns back then because she plucked them all so his hair would be dark.) This last year while dad lived at Madison, I (Deanna) kept dad’s eyebrows groomed. I could no longer pick out the gray ones’ because there wouldn’t be very many left. Dad had the famous Hyson Eye brows that the whole extended family talks about that most of the brothers had. He passed the “Hyson Eye Brows” down to me & also my son Drew.

Lexie Chapman

July 26, 2019

Part 2: We’ve always been close but after Mema died and he had a stroke, we grew even closer. I will cherish every memory I have with him playing joker, feeding the birds, holding hands watching Hallmark or Animal Planet until he fell asleep, the time when he coughed while I was brushing his teeth and he laughed uncontrollably seeing my reaction to having toothpaste on my face. No matter his situation, he chose to be content and love others. The best part about Papa is he is tried and true a man of character. And everyone who knew him can tell you a fond memory about him with a sparkle in their eye.
I’ll wrap things up with this- I distinctly remember something he told me as we were walking the mall a few years ago... We were talking about how out of 10 brothers and sisters, he had lived the longest by about 10 years! I told him how blessed we are to still have him and in good health. To which he responded, “Well, he gave me something to live for.” and boy did he live a long and wonderful life! My heart is overjoyed that I got to share 25 of his 94 years with him. He is my world and I already miss terribly. Thank you for loving me Papa and teaching me so much. Because of you, my life lacked nothing. No one will ever take your place. I love you with all my heart. Love Lexie Chapman

Lexie Chapman

July 26, 2019

Part 1: If you know me, you know this man right here. My absolute favorite person has now become my guardian angel. Papa is the greatest person I have ever known,Without a doubt. There are no words that could accurately depict just how kind, hardworking, patient, humble, dedicated, and strong he is. God sure blessed me beyond measure with this man. He knew I'd need someone to teach me about unconditional love, to stand up for what I believe in, to keep my head up no matter what the world throws our way, to be loyal and respectful to our country and everyone in it. He taught me to do all things for Christ, how to scream Mojo at the top of my lungs at football games, that coffee is better black, to have a servants heart, that there is always something to laugh or smile about, to have a sense of adventure, to not worry about tomorrow, to be a good friend and take care of them, to stay strong and unwavering in the face of challenges. Papa was gentle, but stern, kind, but brave, successful, but humble. I aspire to be just like him and I will live the rest of my days trying to model my life after the legacy he left.
Papa and I have always had a close bond. Even as a baby, after my mom tried everything she could to try to get me to stop crying- she’d just take me to Mema and Papa’s house, and he’d hold me and I’d stop crying. Just like that. When I got a little older and was in the nursery at church, I’d call all the older men working in there “Papa Men” and had no problem warming up to them. As I grew up, one of our favorite things to do was travel in the motor home & “my lands!” the things we all saw and experienced together. You want to talk about the strongest man I know- he drove that motor home until he was 80!! Papa could do anything. But what most of my memories hold, is his laughter as he strategically mapped out his game plan for how to beat us all in Joker! Even post-stroke, he’d still beat us!! (From Lexie) See Part 2 for the rest of the tribute

Sherry McCrary

June 27, 2019

Deanna, Shara, Delaine, and Lexie .....
What an honor in the last 11 months for our families to become such good friends through our two amazing dads. You four were such loving, caring, devoted caregivers for your father and papa. I remember meeting Roy for the first time and so excited such a kind and godly man was now sitting at dad's table. They had so much in common. I have so many great memories of Roy in such a short time. I laugh now as I think about all of them. Although he lost his ability to speak clearly with his stroke, he still communicated "loud and clear" with his body language. His eye rolls, smirks, hand wave offs, and frustrated words, especially over what he wanted to drink, always made me laugh. The light in his eyes and his big half smile every time someone spoke to him will always remain with me. My favorite memory though, will always be the way he always held my hand and squeezed it so tight and held on to it for the longest time, even in his last days here on earth. He made dad's last year at Madison so much better. I know dad was joyfully there to greet him at Heaven's gates along beside Jesus. I can only imagine the conversation they had.
Your tribute to him is so loving and touching. I had no idea of everything he had accomplished in life. One thing everyone around him knew ..... is how very much he loved and cherished you four girls.
There is so much peace in knowing he is whole again and has no more pain. God promises us that.
and lastly, every time I see a flock of pigeons, doves, any birds, I will always think of Roy and his joy in feeding them and watching them and the moving owl. :)
I thank God for bringing our families together.....I loved Mr. Roy so much. Praying for all of you. I look forward to celebrating his life here on earth.
Grace, Peace, Comfort and Love to all of you....
God knew!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Hyson Brothers, Dad and Grandpa. Roy is in the bottom right hand corner with the good thick dark hair.

FROM THE FAMILY

Eureka High School Basketball Champions 1943.
Dad is the one in the warm up pants. We ken he did not like to wear shorts. Apparently that dislike went at least back to high school.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Hyson Brothers, Dad and Grandpa. Roy is in the bottom right hand corner with the good thick dark hair.

FROM THE FAMILY

Eureka High School Basketball Champions 1943.
Dad is the one in the warm up pants. We ken he did not like to wear shorts. Apparently that dislike went at least back to high school.

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Eureka Basketball Championship Team 50th Reunion team in 1992. Dad is holding the trophy.

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World War II Air Force 1944

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Air Force Reserves 1945

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Roy and Brother Walter 1951

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July 1958 Engagement Photo to Priscilla Ann Lawhorne.

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Roy Victor Hyson and Priscilla Ann Lawhorne wedding, November 29, 1958 with Brother Peak officiating in Abilene, Texas.

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Newlyweds Cutting the Cake 1958!