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 Skipper Driver

Skipper Driver

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 68843165 · 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 AM, Tuesday, 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.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.

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 at 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 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, 705 W. FM 700, Big Spring, Texas 79720; the Heritage Museum, 510 Scurry, Big Spring, Texas 79720 or the Justin Cowboy Crisis, attn: Cindy Schonholtz, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at:




  • Created by: Janice Williams Langley
  • Added: 24 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68843165
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Skipper Driver (23 Nov 1943–20 Apr 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68843165, citing Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Janice Williams Langley (contributor 46826182) .