David Burl Womble passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, NM. Dave was born on August 23, 1923 at home in Peoria, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Vernie and Ruth Womble, his wife of 60 years; Virginia, his daughter; Sue, brother; Milo, and three sisters; Vada, Nadine, and Alma.
Surviving him are his wife; Linda, children; Wade Osborne, Gina Osborne, Jason Parrott and wife Mandy, grandchildren; Lane, Landon, Allison and Levi, his dog; Dallas, niece; Linda Dietrick and husband Larry.
Dave worked for many years in the oilfields. In 1974 he became the owner of Reliable Security in Hobbs.
Dave never met a stranger. He loved to talk to everyone. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and always had a story to tell about his great adventures.
Dave enjoyed anything western, especially his favorite shows Gunsmoke and Wells Fargo. All the shows he watched and the books he read had to have cowboys, horses, wild gunfights and the pretty girl being rescued by the cowboy hero.
I am David's niece. He was always Uncle Shorty to most of the family, including my mother, Vada Blankenship. I was just notified today by my cousin Linda that he had passed. It was difficult being told. My children remember him so fondly from family reunions, the later years being held at my parents lake. One year he gathered all the younger kids by the water. He had a Timex watch. He told all of them that he was throwing it into the lake, which he did, then next year when we gathered, he was going to find the watch in the water and they would see that the commercial on TV was true. Timex takes a licking but keeps on ticking. True to his word, the following summer he gathered the kids where he had thrown the watch in, used a fishing net and quickly did a slight of hand. He pretended he had found the watch which was actually a different watch completely. With his back turned, he had dropped the new watch into the net and turned around. We all laughed so hard watching the kids, their faces in awe. My children still bring it up. This is just one story of many wonderful times we had with him and Aunt Virginia. I didn't have the honor of meeting his wife Linda or their family. I am so grateful for their love and caring for him. I so wish I could have met them. I loved him deeply. He has many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and their children. Time, distance and health has prevented our visiting but time will never take our wonderful memories of our time spent with him. He was truly a remarkable man who was deeply respected. May his family find comfort in their own memories and their life spent with him. We are all so blessed for knowing him, loving him and spending time with him. He had a long, remarkable life and will be missed greatly. Blessings to all. Sherry Blankenship Ray.
Sherry RayAugusta, KS