Roy Houston "Tuffy" Overturff passed comfortably at his home in Odessa, Texas, at the age of 100 years old. He is survived by his son, Houston "Butch" Overturff and wife Hellen of Odessa, Texas; and daughter, Kathy Overturff-Gillis and husband Ozzie of Gardendale, Texas. He is also survived by his sisters, Wanda Yates and husband J.R., of Lovington, New Mexico, and Lois Arlene Overturff-Smith of California; as well as 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 18 great, great grandchildren. Tuffy was born February 5, 1914 in Tribby, Oklahoma to Della Norman and Roy Overturff. He was raised in Big Springs, Texas, where he met and then married Gussie Molly Thompson on December 31, 1934 in Stanton, Texas. They later moved to Odessa, where they raised their four children, Shirley, Sherrell, Butch, and Kathy. He also worked and retired after 44 years from Mapp Tank Company. He enjoyed calf roping and horse training, which led him to receive numerous awards and achievements, the greatest being his induction to the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008. Tuffy was a real cowboy and will be remembered as a true legend by so many. He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Gussie Overturff; his daughter, Shirley Overturff-Taylor; son, Sherrell Roy Overturff; as well as five brothers, a sister, a great granddaughter, and a great grandson. The services will be held at his home church, Northside Baptist Church, 100 W. 50th St., Odessa, Texas at 1:00 p.m. on Friday August 1, 2014, with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Brother Clydell Chapman will officiate the funeral services. Visitation will be Thursday, July 31, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of Midland 911 W. Texas St., Midland, Texas 79701. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Omega Preston, Deonna Cates, and Crystal Gazaway for the exceptional care and dedication to our dear Grandad. Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 30, 2014