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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

3220 South 31St Street, Temple, TX

OBITUARY

Roy David Deaver

December 6, 1936June 7, 2019
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Roy David Deaver, 82, of Temple, passed away June 7, 2019 at the Temple VA Hospice Center. Roy was born December 6, 1936 to Annie Cleora Bolinger and Roy Millard Deaver in Bell County. He was an Air Force Veteran and an avid knife collector and pool player. He is survived by his loving sisters, Bonnie Deaver Jandt (Erwin), Jimmie Deaver Torquato, Patricia Deaver Moudry and numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the VA Hospital and Hospice staff. Visitation for Roy will be 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple with burial following at the Wilson Valley Cemetery in Little River, Texas.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Torquato
  • Eddie Sova
  • James Sova
  • Oscar Longoria
  • Tony Everets
  • Anthony Everets

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Burial to Follow Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Roy David with Sonny Fine going for the 8 ball side pocket at Sammmons

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Bonnie, Roy David & Mamaw holding Patricia

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Roy David and Allison patiently waiting on Christmas lunch at Lisa and Eddie's house.

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Roy David at Mitzi's wedding

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All the siblings, all the love...
Patricia
Bonnie
Jimmie
Roy David

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Roy David under the spreading oak tree at Rattler Dam

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Mother holding Roy David, Bonnie with her baby doll, and Clifton in his overalls

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Christina spending quality time with Uncle Roy David

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Roy David with Sonny Fine going for the 8 ball side pocket at Sammmons

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Bonnie, Roy David & Mamaw holding Patricia

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Roy David and Allison patiently waiting on Christmas lunch at Lisa and Eddie's house.

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Roy David at Mitzi's wedding

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All the siblings, all the love...
Patricia
Bonnie
Jimmie
Roy David

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Roy David under the spreading oak tree at Rattler Dam

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Mother holding Roy David, Bonnie with her baby doll, and Clifton in his overalls

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Christina spending quality time with Uncle Roy David

Biography

Roy David Deaver was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

Roy David was born on December 6, 1936 at home in Hartrick's Bluff in Bell County, Texas. His parents were Cleora and Roy Deaver. Roy David was raised in Tahoka, San Saba, and Temple, Texas. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up in the Deaver household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Roy David was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Roy David was raised with four sisters. He had two older sisters, Ruth and Bonnie, and two younger sisters, Jimmie and Patricia. Roy David and his sisters may have had the typical sibling rivalries while growing up, but Roy David was always consistently loyal to his family. His greatest calling after his father’s death was helping care for his mother.

As a young child, Roy David was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Roy David developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was an avid reader and loved playing games involving strategy, such as chess, dominoes and billiards.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Roy David as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He attended San Saba High School and obtained his GED while in the military in 1955. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was science. Roy David was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Roy David always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Roy David was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he preferred to draw his own conclusions about people based on direct observation, Roy David was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. While growing up, some of his best friends were his cousins. Later in life, he became close friends with his pool buddies at Sammons Community Center.
Roy David greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from others. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was in transportation. He was employed for many years as a truck driver. Roy David worked hard, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Roy David was an Air Force veteran and served as a medic at Fort Sam Houston and Roswell, New Mexico. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Airman Second Class. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Roy David seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

Roy David liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Roy David always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were collecting knives, watches, clocks, and old coins. He also took pleasure in finding a good bargain at the flea market and estate sales. Roy David was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. Throughout his later years, was an active member of the American Pool Association and Knife Club.

Roy David enjoyed certain sports activities. Top on his list was playing pool with friends and watching professional billiards on television. He really enjoyed watching Dallas Cowboys football, especially during holidays with family.

Roy David was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His favorites were his dachshunds, Maggie, Heidi I, Heidi II, Heidi III, and Shotzi! They loved sitting with him on the couch and being his loyal companion.

Roy David Deaver passed away on June 7, 2019 at a local hospice hospital in Temple, Texas. Roy David fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his sisters Bonnie Jandt, Jimmie Torquato, and Patricia Moudry. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple, Texas. He was laid to rest in Little River-Wilson Valley Cemetery.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Roy David Deaver. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.