DEAN "PEEWEE" DORMAN POYNOR, JR., 87, passed away
on Dec. 3, 2016 peacefully, from a brief illness.
He was born Dean Dorman Poynor, Jr. on Nov. 21, 1929,
at home in Ranger, TX, to Dean Dorman, Sr. & Nancy
Jane Kiser Poynor. PeeWee graduated from Ranger High
School in 1947 and took a bus that very night to West
Texas where he started working the next day. He started
his career as a truck driver early & hauled cattle/sheep
for Arky Glidewell before settling down in Big Lake, TX.
PeeWee married Darlyne Miller in Aug. of 1950; they
remained in Big Lake and together raised a family of
four boys. In 1957, due to his strong work ethic and
determination, he purchased a single bulldozer that he
successfully transformed into a family business known
as D.D. Poynor Construction. Over the years, he worked
his sons and raised them around the business, where they
shared his same values and principles. He also employed
several family members and gained life-long friendships
with other employees and businessmen around West Texas.
He was a one-of-a-kind role model and friend. Throughout
his time, PeeWee served as a Director at Reagan State
Bank and was named Businessman of the Year by the Big
Lake Chamber of Commerce. He was known throughout West
Texas for his hard work, generous spirit, and his love
to sit and share stories. He was an avid Cowboys fan
and enjoyed many years of season tickets, especially
during Tom Landry's time. He also had a soft heart for
animals and brought home many strays, including dogs,
cats, goats, deer, rabbits, and even prairie-dogs.
He is rejoicing in Heaven with three sons, Buddy, Wayne,
and Winn Poynor; his parents; three brothers, Willie
Poynor, Wesley Poynor, and Jack Poynor (RHS-1950); and
a special nephew, Ricky Poynor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Darlyne;
one son, Joe D. Poynor and wife Debbie of Breckenridge,
TX; two daughters-in-law, Letha Poynor of Big Lake, and
Marla Poynor and husband Britt, also of Big Lake; his
beloved grandchildren, J.D. Poynor and his wife Carrie
of San Angelo, TX, Shane Poynor and his wife Sarah of
Breckenridge, Amy Poynor Evans and her husband Kelly of
Midland, TX, Shawn Poynor & his wife Anita of San Angelo,
and Whitney Poynor Brandon and her husband Jacob of San
Angelo; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-
grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Franklin of Graham, TX;
as well as several nieces and nephews, and a host of
SISTER: RUTH POYNOR FRANKLIN, 94, passed away at home in
Graham on March 20, 2017 with burial in Evergreen Cemetery
at Ranger, TX.
Ruth was born Sept. 9, 1922 in Mason, TX to the late Dean
Nancy (Kiser) Poynor. She married Olan Maurice “Reese”
Franklin in Nov. of 1942 at in Valparaiso, IN. He preceded
her in death on June 2, 1987. She worked in the Paramount
Hotel during the war. After that she went on to work for
the Ranger Social Science, Ranger Times newspaper, and then
Brown’s (Swaney’s) Pharmacy. She retired from Brown’s Pharmacy
in 1987. She moved to Graham to be with her daughter in 2013.
Ruth was a member of the Eastside church of Christ in Ranger
until moving to Graham in 2013 where she became a member of
the Hillside church of Christ of Graham. Her greatest love
was her ministry to her Lord. She never missed a day of
reading and studying her Bible or praying for her loved ones.
She was always ready to jump in a car and head out to a gospel
meeting whenever she could. She delighted in going to church
services and singing praises to the Lord.
Ruth also loved working in her yard and being outside where
she would walk up to three miles a day and wave at all her
friends until her health failed her. Her friends, family,
and neighbors were everything to her. Out of 94 years, she
never missed any Poynor Family Reunions. She loved to cook,
can, and bake things to take to others. She was known for
her mother’s Angel food cake and hot rolls. Her greatest joy
was when she saw her children and grandchildren walk through
the door for a visit, but more important than that were her
great-grandchildren. She always had a meal ready to eat with
hot rolls, black eyed peas, squash, okra, cake or cobbler or
whatever else she could dream up when she knew someone was
coming. In her later years, she loved feeding the birds from
a window upstairs where she lived.
Survivors include: son, Barry Franklin and wife Karla of
Bedford; daughter, Darla Van Dyke and husband, Garland of
Graham; Grandchildren, Haydn Franklin and wife, Jennifer
of Highland Village; Kaci Goodman and husband, Jimmy of
Austin; Jodi Wagner and husband, Lance of San Antonio;
Joshua Christian and wife, Angela of Seabrook; Shane Van
Dyke & wife, Jennifer of McKinney; and great grandchildren,
Dylan Boyd Franklin, Rocco and Santino Goodman, Katie Woods,
Kayla Christian, Keira Christian and Andrew Van Dyke.