ODESSA Robert Joel Avary, 90, of Odessa, died Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He was born September 21, 1922 in Barstow, Texas to Corbett and Rosa Avary. He married Florine Turner in Kermit, Texas in 1938, which resulted in 75 years of marriage.
He served 2 years in the Navy during WWII
as an Apprentice Seaman. He served on the Shore Patrol Unit, but served most of his time on the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Fanshaw Bay, which received many commendations during her services in WWII. He received an honorable discharge in 1945.
Robert lived in Monahans, Texas most of his life, where he owned a feed store and hauled his own feed and hay. Robert and Florine also owned the Dairy Maid, which was a popular place to eat and visit. Robert served in Monahans' Sheriff's Posse, was on the school board, and was a Mason. He then became interested in musical antiques. He would buy damaged musical antiques and repair many of them himself by taking them apart and putting them back together, which he taught himself. He displayed some of these musical antiques at the Monahans Sandhills Museum.
Robert and Florine then moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where they had their musical antiques displayed at White City and at their own shop in Carlsbad. They later moved to Highland Haven, Texas, where they retired.
Robert was a friend to everyone, including kids and animals. He never let a woman open a door or pull out a chair by herself. He also never used a calculator or a computer.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Corbett and Rosa Avary; sister, Sofia Barnwell; brother, J. C. Avary; and many of his favorite aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Florine; his daughter, Beth Avary; granddaughter, Sofia Avary Aguayo; sister, Eva Rose Haynes; his numerous nieces and nephews; and let us not forget his many friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 9 AM – 3 PM at Harkey Funeral Home.
Funeral services with military honors will be Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2 PM at Monahans Memorial Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Bill Avary officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be donated to the animal shelter of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Harkey Funeral Home.
"We will miss you! All our love."