Walker “Cowboy” Powers
Walker O”Neil “Cowboy” Powers, of McMahan, passed away peacefully on Nov. 20, 2015 in Lockhart, Texas, having lived a full and adventurous life of nearly 89 years.
Cowboy was born on Dec. 30, 1926, in Norton, Texas to David Leroy and Katie (Walker) Powers.
Cowboy”s daddy was killed in an accident when Cowboy was only 10 years old. Being the oldest child, he had to qui
t school and go to work as a ranch hand to help support his mother and four siblings.
Cowboy served in the Merchant Marines in WWII and in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He married Clydola “Dot” Luster on July 17, 1954, and enjoyed 56 years of marriage with his wonderful wife until her passing in 2010.
Cowboy was a hardworking man who was a rancher, oilfield worker, and business owner. He and Dot lived and worked in many places around Texas, including San Angelo and Del Rio. He retired from the Goodrich Ranch in Lampasas. He was also a team roper and won the NOTRA World Championship in 1980, riding his beloved horse, Adair.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Bertha Jean, Bruce, Skeeter, Dorothy and Peggy; wife, Dot; and infant son, Bruce Lee Powers.
He is survived by his children: Debra Skeen (Chuck), of McAllen, Texas, Jack Powers (Dawn), of San Antonio, David Powers (Ronda), of McMahan, and Louan San Miguel, of San Antonio. Cowboy”s grandchildren are Katie Martin, Austin and Jordan Skeen, Justin and Kassie Powers, Chase and David Gerald Powers, and Kevin (Alicia) and Marshall San Miguel. There are also three great-grandchildren: Niah Martin, and Stella and Jeremy Powers.
The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Parkview Nursing Home for the tender care that Cowboy received there the last four months of his life.
A visitation was held at McCurdy”s Funeral home in Lockhart on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Funeral services were Nov. 23, with Pastor Allen Davis officiating. Cowboy’s grandchildren were honored to be pallbearers. He was laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Dot, in Lockhart Municipal Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Cowboy”s memory to the Roever Foundation, PO Box 136130, Ft. Worth, Texas 76136. The Roever Foundation is a Christian organization dedicated to restoring our wounded military heroes to health and wholeness. For more information go to www.roeverfoundation.org.