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James Earl "Jim" Midgett

To All Concerned:
In order to lessen the burden for planning and choosing the most simple and inexpensive plan for funeral services when one is called home:
After much thought and considering alternatives. I have chosen cremation will be my choice for disposing of my body at the end of my life. This will be arranged at the crematory in Midland. The ashes will be returned to Vickie for storage.
Now the question arises as to where the ashes will be scattered. Since I have traveled around and lived in so many places. The one place that I spent more time during my childhood than any other was the Big River School. This is the place where I got a start and helped me to achieve most of my goals in life. It is my request that my sisters Betty, Shirley, Dorothy and my daughter Vickie meet at some convenient time and spread the remains around the old school yard.
The last time I visited the school, a young pine forest had grown up in the yard. I think this is the perfect location for a final resting place. The rabbits and squirrels will be scurrying around amidst the pine needles while the blue jay, cardinals and blue birds and all the other fowls will be singing in the pine trees above.
I was never one who believed much in funeral dinners, however, a picnic lunch might be in order on this occasion.
When you depart and climb the hill at the old Romine Place, you might turn and wave a farewell.
James Earl (Jim) Midgett of Odessa left us brokenhearted on Saturday February 9th, 2013. Dad passed away unexpectedly at home with his beloved K-9's, Spud, Charlie and Dink at his side.
Jim was born May 9th 1934 in Iron County, Missouri, to Icelena Halbert Midgett and Lucian "Curly" Midgett.
Dad served in the Air Force. While stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico, he met the love of his life, Mary Lou Brown. They married May 16, 1960 and moved to Odessa in December of 1963.
Jim began his career in 1965 at the petrochemical plant. Starting as a plant operator, Dad retired in 1993 from Rexene Corporation as the Olefin plant manager.
While working full time, Dad also attended Odessa College and received an Associate degree. He then started his own business, All-Right Air Conditioning. He kept many people climately controlled for over 30 years.
Upon retiring from Rexene, he became a contract water well operator for a few years, employing the love of his life as his right hand.
Helping animals in need at the Humane Society of Odessa and delivering Meals on Wheels were his business up to and including the day he died.
Jim can best be described as an honest, hardworking man who loved his family and friends.
For those of you who don't know my Dad, he was a thoughtful, humble and kind man. Always helping when asked or wherever he saw a need. He shunned all acknowledgments for his philanthropy. His own words tell of a life well lived.
For those of you who knew Dad, understanding is a given.
He was a good man. I have heard this repeated like a mantra over the past several days from people who loved him and the people he loved. Dad chose to do what is right. He placed his faith in the Lord and put his family first. He strived to change the world around him by his own example.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; Parents; and Sister Dorothy Samson.
Those left to wave farewell: Daughters Vickie Midgett and Shirley Standefer of Odessa, TX, Sisters Betty Campbell of Belleview, MO and Shirley McCown of Melbourne, AR; Son Richard Eichhorn of El Paso, TX; Daughter Linda Winkler of Roswell, NM, 4 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved friends.
Special Thanks to all, who with their kind hearts, helped soothe broken ones. My Dad was truly blessed to have such people in his life.
If you choose to honor my Dad, you might turn to the northeast and wave a farewell. Dad would have enjoyed that. He would also approve of donations to the or any kind effort to improve our world.
Thank you, Dad, for being such a good man, for loving me strong and raising me right. You are and have always been my hero. I love you and will see you soon. Tell Mom I said, hey.

Published in Odessa American on Feb. 17, 2013
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