Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 27, 2013

David “Poppy” Beavers

The Athens Review

Athens — Athens- Funeral services for David “Poppy” Beavers, 74, Athens, have been scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church with the Rev.  Dale Perry officiating.

Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Beavers died Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Tyler.

He was born July 20, 1938 in Delwin to the late Samuel Eugene and Bessie Lee Lerrmon Beavers. After serving in the U. S. Navy, David worked in the oil field industry in Pampa. He then went to work for Yellow Freight Company from 1965 until retiring in 1980. He married Mary Jo Carrigan in Amarillo, Nov. 25, 1971. They moved to Athens in 1982, and David operated M.J. Mowing Service until his death. He and Mary are members of the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church of Athens, and have been active members since the church met at Athens Fairgrounds. David helped in the construction of the new building. He was an accomplished “horseman,” and had competed in team penning and other horse-related activities.

Pallbearers will be John Congelton, Steve Kirk, Henry Tolusso, Robert Lane, Leon Simmons and Cliff Bowden.

Survivors include: his wife of 41 years Mary Jo Beavers, Athens; daughters Debbie Head, Davenport, Iowa, Cindy Wilson, Winnemucca, Nev., Tamara Rene Lewis and husband Robert “Howie,” Amarillo, Carla Thurman and husband David, Canyon; grandchildren Cole Thurman and wife Courtney, Amarillo and Audra Thurman, Canyon.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Living for the Brand Cowboy

Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 2178, Athens, TX 75751.

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