Bernis Lee Lincoln Sr.
ODESSA Bernis Lee Lincoln Sr. followed his angel sent by GOD to Glory at
3:55 on November 6, 2004, in Monahans, TX. Also known by many as
“Kootsie” and others as “Pappy” was born on the blessed day of
September 17, 1933, in Texarkana, Texas, to Mose Wesley and Minnie Ola
Lincoln. He was the fourth oldest of nine brothers and two sisters. He
grew up as a youngster who picked, pulled and chopped cotton.
He eventually moved and settled in Odessa, Texas, in 1941, where he
attended and graduated from Blackshear High School and Odessa College
where he studied Law Enforcement and received all his credentials as a
trained officer for the City Of Odessa.
On October 11, 1953, he married his lovely wife, Dorthey Mae Stokes,
whom together bore three loving children, Bernis Lee Lincoln Jr., Julia
D Lincoln-Smith and Miriam “Penny” Lincoln-Harris, and the addition
of his two sons-in-law, Clifton Smith and Marshall Harris.
Bernis is the proud grandfather of LaToya Lincoln of Ft. Worth; Ebony
Lincoln, currently stationed in Germany. Tere Harris, BreAndrea Harris,
Tia Harris and Jewelya, Summer and Shaquille Smith. And even prouder
great-grandfather of two, Montashia Lincoln, 11, and Demetris Lincoln,
one week. Bernis was a Police Officer from July 1, 1966 until January
31, 1998, when he retired. As an officer of the Odessa Police
Department, he received numerous awards, commendations and his own
appreciation date. May 7 dedicated to him by the Castenette Social,
Civil, and Art Club of Odessa. Bernis has trained lots of “rookies”
and had lots of partners but his favorite one was “Little Brother.”
Prior to joining the Odessa Police Department, he was a Lifeguard and
instructor for Ector County and delivered flowers and while still in
school, in June 1951, he began working as floor sweeper, window dresser
and stock to work himself into the position as the Stock Manager for 20
years at Walgreens, thus retiring, June 1, 1971. Along with working as a
dedicated employee of Walgreens and the City, he provided security at
Winwood Mall, the Village Market and most all sports events. In 1979, he
realized and stated that Ector County needed a change and in 1980, he
ran for sheriff. Unfortunately, he did not win, which he felt was a loss
to the County. However, he did not give up the fight for justice.
Bernis loved his family and life. His hobbies and interests were
FISHING, hunting, woodworks, treasure hunting and puffing his cigar.
Bernis fought the good fight but the Lord had other work that he needed
him to do.
So if you are looking for him, by whatever name you know him by, Kootie,
Daddy, Big Daddy, Bernis, Pappy, Unc, Lanc, Lincoln or simply Mr.
Lincoln, know this....HE’S GONE FISHING!!!!!
Bernis was preceded in death by: parents; five brothers, John, Alonzo,
Charles and Verdell Lincoln and Robert Hall; and sister, Ruby Herndon.
Bernis is survived by his wife, Dorthey Lincoln; son, Bernis Lincoln Jr.
of Odessa; daughters, Julia and husband, Clifton, of Monahans and Miriam
“Penny” Lincoln Harris and husband, Marshall, of Lubbock; brothers,
Aron Lincoln of Paris, Texas, Robert “Son” Lincoln of Florida, and
Bobby Dean Lincoln of Virginia Beach, Va; and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and lots of friends
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today with family to greet with
friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Odessa Funeral Home. Services will be
at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at Rose of Sharon Baptist
Church with Reverend Roy Gentry officiating. Burial will follow at
Services by Odessa Funeral Home.