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 William J. “Skipper” Driver

William J. “Skipper” Driver

Birth
Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA
Death 20 Apr 2011 (aged 67)
Temple, Bell County, Texas, USA
Burial Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 68727474 · View Source
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Skipper Driver, 67, of Garden City, passed away on April 20, 2011 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. He lost a short but hard fought battle with a blood disease and heart failure. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Big Spring with Rev. Mark Lindsey and Rev. Carter Edmonson, officiating. Burial will follow at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

Skipper was born on November 23, 1943 in Big Spring to E.P. and Maurine (Talley) Driver.

He graduated from Big Spring High School and continued his education at Texas Tech University.

He married Wanda Boatler, his wife of 45 years, in June of 1966.

Skipper enjoyed the early years of his career as basketball coach in Grady and college rodeo coach at Howard County Junior College. After those great years he came to work with his father E.P. Driver Insurance Agency in Big Spring. Ranching and the cattle business were a big part of his life up until the day of his passing.

Skipper was a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. He was an accomplished calf roper, team roper and steer wrestler. His love for the sport of rodeo was unparalleled by anyone. He served as the third generation on the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo Board. Skipper was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Big Spring. He was also an active member of the Howard County Fair Board and was a loyal supporter of the 4-H Club and junior livestock shows. Skipper continued to be active in many businesses and organizations including Howard College and Lone Star State Bank.

A husband, father, grandfather, mentor and coach are are all lost with the passing of Skipper. The greatest loss was that of an honest, compassionate, and true friend. He touched many lives in many different arenas. He led by example whether it was in the roping arena, basketball court, business world, or life. His magnetic personality made him a joy to be around. He defined the words: gentleman, cowboy, and most of all, friend.

He is preceded in death by both parents.

Skipper is survived by his wife, Wanda; son and daughter-in-law, Dane and Jennifer and his only granddaughter, Jordan, all of Garden City. He is also survived by the many people that he touched, influenced and acted as a mentor in their lives.

The family suggests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, Big Spring, Texas; the Heritage Museum, Big Spring, Texas or the Justin Cowboy Crisis, Colorado Springs, CO.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.


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  • Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
  • Added: 21 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68727474
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William J. “Skipper” Driver (23 Nov 1943–20 Apr 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68727474, citing Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Alan Deel (contributor 46590424) .