Orville “Shorty” Stevenson, 79, of Lamesa went to be with his Savior early Thursday morning surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 11 A.M. at his lifelong church, Northside Baptist, in Lamesa. The service will be officiated by family friend Gary Hardin, and a visitation will be held at the church following the service.
Orville was born on January 8, 1944, to Aubra and Bernice (Lauderdale) Stevenson in Dawson County. Orville married Ruby Hymer at the Grandview Baptist Church on October 31, 1964. She affectionately called him “Turkey,” and they were married for 59 years. Together they built a wonderful life and led three beautiful daughters to know and love Jesus. He was ornery as the day was long, and his grandkids and great grandkids loved their Pops deeply.
Shorty was a very personable man who never met a stranger. He spent his younger years building and flying model airplanes. He was an excellent photographer who developed countless images in his dark room. He loved arrowhead hunting, making deer jerky, and riding ATVs at the sand dunes with his lifelong friends, Don and Maureen Butchee and family. He worked as a mechanic his whole life and spent his free time making wooden crosses for all his close friends and family members. His grandkids made it through many church services with the help of his never-ending stash of Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge both in Lamesa and O’Donnell. Orville was called many names in his lifetime: Shorty, Steve, and Mr. Popcorn to name a few.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents and grandchildren Lauren Paige and Baby Angel Grimes.
Orville is survived by his wife, Ruby Stevenson, of Lamesa; daughters Leigh Ann (Steven) Archer of Lamesa, Paula (John) Grimes of Haslet, and Christy (Cade) Furlow of O’Donnell; sister Kaye (Jimmy) Beatty of Lamesa; grandchildren Brenna (Kris) Mikes, Kayla (Trevor) Halfmann, Kara (Ryan) Wickman, Wade (Hannah) Gass, and Rileigh (Jake) Grimes; great-grandchildren Kannon, Maddon, and Waylon Mikes; Kyndall and Hank Halfmann; and Ainsley and Owen Wickman.
The family suggests memorials to Northside Baptist Church (406 North 12th Street, Lamesa, TX 79331), the Lamesa Volunteer Fire Department (P.O. Box 1382, Lamesa, TX 79331), or the charity of your choice. To send condolences online, please visit: www.branonfuneralhome.com
– Press-Reporter obituary services