Royce Lee Bodiford
November 23, 1936 – June 22, 2020
Odessan Royce Bodiford, age 83, passed away June 22, 2020. Royce was born on the family farm near Millsap, Texas on November 23, 1936.
Royce chose to be cremated by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa. His ashes will be taken to Millsap - Pope Prairie Cemetery, and there will be a graveside service. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, there will be a memorial service at a later date, here in Odessa. Royce is survived by his wife, Helen of 62 1/2 years. They have a son - Terry and wife, Tracy, of Houston; and one daughter, Michelle and husband, Daniel Olson of Lubbock. Royce and Helen are blessed with four grandchildren; grandsons, Matthew and Hunter Bodiford, Alex Olson; and granddaughter, Hayley Olson.
Royce and Helen sold their home and moved to Lincoln Tower Retirement, Odessa, almost nine years ago. In the past, they've been very active and helped chair many projects there at Lincoln Tower. Royce was past president of many organizations in Odessa and an outstanding member of Rotary and on many boards.
Royce was sworn in on the Odessa College Board of Trustees for his second 6-year term on May 4, 2019. He had recently been President of the Board. Royce has been very active since moving to Odessa almost 25 years ago. He was on the City Council of Odessa 9 years and Mayor Pro Term for 7 years. He has been President of many boards of various organizations in Odessa. Royce was television and radio general manager at KOCV and also had a weekly TV show - "West Texas Journal". He continued this TV show a long while after his retirement. Royce has been a broadcaster for television and radio and later General Manager for over 45 years. He has won many prestigious awards during his career..in Amarillo, Shreveport, LA and Odessa. In the latter part of 2014, Royce was inducted into NAFB Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo. There were over 400 attendees at that special evening honoring Royce.
Until recently, Royce did a 20-30 minute live broadcast (by phone) each Monday on radio that was streamed on the internet and could be heard globally. As Royce felt his voice capacity wasn't up to par, he discontinued his broadcast. Royce has always given over 100 percent in everything he undertook; now, after his health issues he had to pick and choose his limitations.
Royce has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and South America during his career. Very few Odessa friends are aware that Royce has been in the Oval Office and met several Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States. Royce was a "special guest" of the Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz, along with other journalists and dignitaries and flew on Air Force II to tour Bolivia for over a week. He was NAFB President at that time.
Royce grew up on a farm and was very active all his 12 years at Millsap, Texas Independent School District. He was President of his class each year, starting from 6th grade through 12th grade. He was active in FFA, Public speaking and sports. He was Texas FFA State President and next year National FFA Officer which postponed his college for 1 1/2 years. He attended Tarleton, Texas Tech and graduated from West Texas State University which is now West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. While touring as Texas State and National Officer FFA, he was seen on many national TV shows. He changed his career path to broadcasting while in college.
Not too long ago, Royce's high school selected him as the first inducted into first class of its' Hall of Honor, which recognizes those who have made selfless contributions to the school. Before moving to Odessa, Royce was inducted into "Texas Panhandle Broadcaster Hall of Fame", Amarillo, Texas. In Amarillo, Royce served as President on many, many organizations. So, serving his community is certainly not new to him! His motto has always been, "Count that day lost when you have failed to serve your community!'
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Church of Christ, 6th and Jackson, Odessa Texas; First Presbyterian Church, 1401 N Sam Houston, Odessa Texas; Odessa College or any charity of your choice.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Royce Lee Bodiford
July 2, 2020
This is sad news, I workded with Royce at KGNC radio both when He was the Farm and Ranch Director and when he became General Manager . Those were great days and I miss them dearly. Royce was a great guy and I never saw anyone work harder. You'll be missed.
June 26, 2020
I worked with Mr Bodiford when he was developing the Texas FFA Foundation. He has very conscientious and dedicated, and put us on the right road. What an impact he made in his life. Not bad for a Parker County boy. He will be missed by so many. Sorry for his passing.
June 25, 2020
We were saddened to hear about a good person and friend passing. Royce Bodiford served as a Council member during the time I served as Odessa’s City Manager. He was a wise, thoughtful and kind leader who spoke from his heart and always had the best interest of Odessa at heart. He tackled the difficult decisions with calm and listened to all sides before making a decision. He was always supportive of my family and me. Mary and I counted him a friend and could always count on Royce and Helen to clip any news articles about our kids from the paper and send them to us even after he left office. Royce was always thinking of others and so today we think of him and will miss him dearly.
Richard & Mary Morton
June 25, 2020
I am deeply sorry to hear of Royce passing! Royce and Helen were friends of my Aunt, Mildred Lewis who was also a resident at Lincoln Towers. They always keeping her in good spirits. Royce was a true friend, as he and I worked at many social gatherings as I worked for the Black Chamber as we did many ribbon cuttings together. I will always remember Royce as a friend. God Bless you Helen and your children!
June 24, 2020
Dear Helen and family,
I worked with Royce at KGNC for a long time and I was his secretary when he was the General Manager. Royce was a kind, soft spoken man and was always a fair man and interested in the lives of the people who worked for him. And Helen, you were his perfect mate and always supported him! Royce had a good life and enjoyed living!!! Rest In Peace, Royce! Well done!