Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jay Oates - Balmorhea

From the Odessa American:

Jay Mosley Oates
February 24, 2009 - 9:07 PM

BALMORHEA - Jay Mosley Oates, 94, of Balmorhea, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Hospice House.

Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Balmorhea with Roy Bird officiating. Burial will be at Balmorhea Cemetery. Arrangements are by Pecos Funeral Home.

He was born in Toyahvale. He was an engineer.

SURVIVORS: Sons, Charley Oates and Jay Harold Oates, both of Balmorhea, and John Oates of Abilene; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Jay was my friend and next door neighbor. He was the first person to welcome me to Balmorhea. He gave me a tour of his deceased wife's rock shop and we talked for hours. The last time I saw him, he had come to the front door dressed immaculately in pressed blue shirt, khakis and suspenders. Handsome and debonair, he was so clean he sparkled. I will always remember him.

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