Walter E. Ramsey

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Walter E. Ramsey, longtime resident of Foard County, Texas, passed away at the age of 98 on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Altus. He was born on June 14, 1915 in Wilbarger County, Texas. Walter's parents, Joe Valentine and Sally Cole Ramsey, reared nine children on land that is now the Santa Rosa Rodeo grounds. Walter was the youngest boy. He had great memories of his parents, brothers, and sisters. He often said that his father was the kindest, gentlest person that he had ever met, and he never punished his children. "You just wanted to please him," Walter remembered. Walter was always a man of the land. When he was a young child, his family raised vegetables and melons that they sold in Vernon, from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Walter married Hazel M. Gamble on March 2, 1940 in Foard, County. After their marriage, they moved to Thalia, Texas, where they rented and then bought land. For the rest of his life, Walter farmed and ranched in Foard County. He had a very limited, formal education, but he could tell you, within a pound, a calf's weight. He could drive through a field and tell you what the wheat would yield. He could tell you, within a dollar, what a herd of cattle would bring. He was very particular about his land and equipment. Walter could have been the model for his friend, Red Steagall's poem, "The Fence That Me And Shorty Built." "The wire is runnin' straight and tight With every post in line. The kinda job you're proud of, One that stands the test of time." Walter stood the test of time. In his 98 years, he saw world wars and depressions, but he was determined to leave the world a better place than he found it. He was instrumental in bringing water to Thalia and paving country roads. He served his community in many ways. He chaired the school board, served as a member and Deacon of the Thalia Baptist Church, raised money for a new ambulance for the Crowell Ambulance Service, and raised money for the Crowell Volunteer Fire Department. He was constantly thinking of ways he could help his community to be a better place to live, work, and play. He had many honors throughout his life, but one he was most proud of came in 1995, when he was recognized for his 29-year service as Crowell Parade Chairman. Of course that was not the end of his leading the Crowell Parade. In 2007, he was honored again for his tenth and last time as Parade Marshal. Walter's knack of never meeting a stranger helped him make friends all over the country and entice them to come to Crowell and enter the parade. He also participated in the Santa Rosa Palomino Riding Club for many years. Traveling with the Palomino Club allowed Walter to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes - riding a good horse. He enjoyed riding over the pastures, checking cattle and fences, and just being outdoors. Walter's pride and joy was Hazel, his wife of 73 years. They enjoyed entertaining their multitude of friends at the Bunk House. Together, their passion was their children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. Walter is survived by his wife, Hazel of Crowell; two daughters, Gaye Henry and husband Jim of Crowell and Mary Ann Fergeson and husband Ken of Altus; five grandchildren, Jodi Bond and husband Billy, Jarrod Fergeson and wife Lara, Casey Gilliam and husband Gabe, Fred Henry and wife Lisa, Billy Henry and wife Michele; 10 great-grandchildren, Levi Bond and wife Haylee, M'Lainey Churchwell and husband Logan, J. Henry and wife Cindy Donna Griffith, Jimmy Bond, Lex Bond, Shelby Henry, Brayden Henry, Halle Gilliam and Bennett Foard Gilliam; two great-great grandchildren, Karson Rich and Zoee Powell. Servicers will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Crowell, with the Rev. David Fox, pastor of the Western Trail Cowboy Church of Lockett, Texas, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Tyler Looper, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Crowell, and Gabe Gilliam, family member, of San Jose, Calif. Burial will be in the Crowell Cemetery, under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Womack-Manard Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be made to the Crowell Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 814, Crowell, Texas 79227.

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Womack Manard Funeral Home
104 E Marietta St
Crowell, TX 79227
(940) 684-1525
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Published in Altus Times from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2013