Carey Livingstone Tramel passed from this life on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at the age of 92 years, 4 months and 15 days, in San Angelo, Texas. He was born on July 26, 1916, in Greer County, Oklahoma, the fifth of six children born to James Dennis Tramel and his wife Verna Etha (Hudson) Tramel.
At an early age, he moved with his family to Bazette in Navarro County, Texas, where the family lived "on the sand hill" and farmed on property belonging to his cousin Jasper Tramel, in the area later known as the Hancock Ranch. Carey attended school at the three-room Wilson Schoolhouse and then graduated from Kerens High School in 1934.
On January 20, 1944, Carey married Lola Jenkins, whom he had known for most of his life. They had a long and happy marriage, living in Corsicana, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Oklahoma, and finally Midland, Texas. In Midland, he and his wife were long-time members of the Cuthbert & Austin St. church of Christ, where he served as an elder for several years. After his wife's death, Mr. Tramel moved to Schleicher County, Texas, near Eldorado, to live with one of his daughters.
During World War II, Mr. Tramel worked as an airplane mechanic, repairing and maintaining pilot-training planes at the airfield in Corsicana. At other times in his life he worked as a farmer, an insurance salesman, a funeral home assistant, a carpenter, a cabinet maker, a shrimp boat captain, an A & E airplane and helicopter mechanic, a truck driver, an inventor and a commodities trader. He was always reading, and often he could be found reading a dictionary, a western novel, a chemistry text book or the newspaper comics. He loved to tell jokes, and he was generous to a fault with his limited material goods. Even late in his life, he had an excellent memory for events and dates.
Mr. Tramel was predeceased by his wife, Lola, in 2005, his parents, two brothers, Doyle Tramel of Indiana and Elston Tramel of California, and two sisters, Coleen Pascal of Oregon and Vila Hill of Arkansas and Texas.
Mr. Tramel is survived by one sister, Noma Paul, of California, and by his three children, daughter Saundra Tramel Gaines and husband Larry of Odessa, Texas, son Carey Don Tramel and wife Sara of Austin, Texas, and daughter Brenda Tramel Hardesty and husband Danny of Schleicher County, Texas.
Also grieving the loss of their Papa are five grandchildren: Michael Gaines and wife Bobbie of Odessa, Steven Tramel Gaines and wife Tamara of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Mark Gaines and wife Kendra of Farmington, New Mexico, Doug Hardesty and wife Shaina of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth Tramel of Austin, Texas. Carey leaves three great-grandchildren, Cassaundra Gaines of Lamesa, Texas, and Timothy and Mary Ann Gaines of Odessa, Texas. He will also be missed by numerous loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and church friends.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens, Texas. Mr. Tramel's grandson, Steven Tramel Gaines, spoke at the funeral. Pallbearers were grandsons Mark Gaines, Doug Hardesty, and Steven Tramel Gaines, brothers-in-law Jesse Jenkins and Stringer Jenkins, and great-nephew Ty Hall. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren Michael Gaines and Elizabeth Tramel. Interment followed at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette, Texas.
Memorial contributions can be made either to Hospice of San Angelo, 36 E Twohig Ave #1100, San Angelo, TX 76903 or to the Prairie Point Cemetery Association, 3015 FM 636, Kerens, TX 75144.