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William Sevoy Ogden

January 18, 1925 — January 19, 2018

William Sevoy Ogden

William (Willie) Sevoy Ogden, age 93 of Gatesville, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 19, 2018. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior at Scott’s Funeral Home. Sevoy was born in the Midway Community located in Dawson County on January 18, 1925 to Riley and Lucy (Ward) Ogden. He lived and worked on the family’s cotton farm attending Midway Community School and Lamesa High School. As a young man, Sevoy joined the US Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged. He met his wife, Johnnie Ruth Bryant, at a church social in Midway and later married on November 19, 1948. Sevoy and Ruth moved to El Paso, where Sevoy worked for Standard Oil Co. and Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1951, Sevoy and Ruth moved to Gatesville and bought a ranch, but returned to El Paso in 1954 due to drought. They returned in 1962 and have been residents ever since. Sevoy worked for State School for Boys and later for M.A.T.E.S. at North Ft. Hood where he retired in 1985. Sevoy cherished his only grandchild, Ty Williams, who tragically passed August 5, 2007. He enjoyed visiting with people and had a special love for the horses and cattle he raised. He was a hard working man tending to hundreds of acres of land, chasing cattle, mending fences and being a role model father all at the same time. In addition to a love for music and being a fiddle-player, Sevoy always had a story to tell and a great sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Riley and Lucy Ogden; brother, Hollis Ogden; sister, Roberta Collins; twin brother, Leroy Ogden; brother, Riley Gene Ogden; brother, Vernon Wayman (Corky) Ogden; and his beloved grandchild, Lee Tyler Williams. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth Ogden; son, Mike Ogden of Gatesville; daughter, Marsha Williams Creek and husband, Tom of Gatesville; son Mark Ogden and wife, Jeanette of West; as well as several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassionate Friends (www.compassionatefriends.org) or the memorial fund of your choice.
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