John W. “Bill” Sheets, 86, of Amarillo, TX passed from this earth on October 18, 2020.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at the Texline Cemetery in Texline, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo, TX.
Bill was born on March 6, 1934, in Campo, CO, to Leonard and Lola Belle (Bates) Sheets. He moved to a farm near Texline, TX with his parents in 1938, where he attended Texline School and graduated with the class of 1952. In high school, Bill was active in football, basketball, track, and other school activities.
After graduation and leaving Texline High School, Bill farmed and ranched at home with his dad. In January of 1957, he entered the Army, 9th Division, and was stationed for basic training at Ft. Carson in Colorado. He was then stationed at Ft. Rucker in Alabama, where he attended Helicopter Mechanic School and was sent to Ft. Sill in Oklahoma, where he served until he received an early discharge in 1958 due to his dad’s death and returned home to oversee the farm.
Bill continued to enjoy playing basketball after graduation, playing several years with Texline and the Clayton Outsiders men’s teams. He bowled in Dalhart on the men’s winter league teams from 1960-1994. He played volleyball for several years. In 1983 in Texline, his men’s team played 43 games of volleyball to determine the 1st place winner. His team won 1st place.
On April 3, 1969, in Dumas, TX, he married Barbara Vernell Fry Lindsey. This blessed him with three stepchildren, Dwanna, Calisse, and Shelby.
Bill and Vernell instructed square dancing classes with the Rabbit Ear Promenaders of Clayton, NM from 1970 through 1987. While participating in this activity he made many, many friends. He enjoyed camping trips to Fun Valley, CO during the summer on vacation with his family and friends.
Bill served on the Dallam County Underground Water District I water board for 20 years, where he served as their Treasurer-Secretary.
On November 13, 1990, Bill applied for and received a U.S. patent #4,969,498 on a hydraulic tire bead breaker, which he built in large quantities in his home shop and sold throughout this area. He called his business Mity-Mite Products.
Bill had been a farmer and rancher in Dallam County for over 65 years. He enjoyed checking his cattle on his four-wheeler for many, many years.
Bill and Vernell moved to Amarillo, TX on September 29, 2017. He had been a resident of Hillside Heights Home since October 11, 2019. The family would like to thank the nurses, nurses aides, and doctors at Hillside Heights Home for their exceptional care.
Bill had been a long-time member of the Texline Church of Christ. He was a wise, gentleman, who was wise in his thoughts and council.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Lola Belle Sheets; one brother, Eulan Sheets; and two sisters, Esther Misner, and Emma Belle Short.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Vernell Sheets; three sisters, Fern Hamilton, of Amarillo, TX, Lenola Rolan, of Coeur d’Alene, ID, and Caroline Hall of Raton, NM; two daughters, Dwanna Martinez and husband Alex, of Amarillo, TX, and Calisse Nix, of Santa Fe, NM; son, Shelby Lindsey, of Lubbock, TX; nine grandchildren, Anthony Martinez and wife Stephanie, Nicole Baca and husband Victor, Andrew Martinez, Micah Martinez, Reuben Martinez, Lori Martinez, Alexia Tran and husband Steven, Aaron Martinez, and Brandon Ogden; ten great-grandchildren, Haylee Baca, Ashley Baca, Abbye Baca, Gracie Martinez, Micaela Martinez, Bella Martinez, Xavier Martinez, Ellianna Martinez, Isaac Payen, and Eva Martinez.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.