ODESSA — Floyd “Papa” Doty, beloved father and grandfather, passed
away Thursday, July 22, 2004. He moved to Odessa in 1931 and graduated
from Odessa High School in 1937. He attended Decatur Baptist College and
McMurry College and played football, basketball, baseball and tennis.
He was drafted into the Army on August 12, 1941, and completed Seacoast
Artillery O.C.S at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He was commissioned Second
Lieutenant on October 2, 1942, and was stationed in Hawaii, the
Mariana’s, the Philippines and Okinawa. At the war’s end, he
returned to San Francisco and was promoted to Captain. In March of 1946,
he left active service. He was always thinking of those that did not
return from World War II. Doty became a licensed master plumber in 1949
and worked in the plumbing and pipefitting industry in Texas, Arkansas,
Idaho and California, but he always hurried back to Odessa. He was a
member of the First Baptist Church and past president of the Odessa
chapter of AARP. He loved playing and watching any sport or competitive
game and visiting and laughing with his friends and family. Doty will be
remembered for his unconditional love, outstanding character and sense
of humor. He will be missed tremendously by those who loved him dearly.
Doty was born September 9, 1919, in Morgan, Bosque County, Texas, to
Floyd D Doty and Edna Earl Phipps. He moved to Odessa in 1934, and
married Patricia Key on November 21, 1949. They loved being together and
traveled across the United States with his job, always enjoying the
people and the new and different areas of the country.
Doty is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Faught and her spouse, Elton
Faught, of Odessa. “Papa” was blessed with six grandchildren,
Cynthia Malone of San Antonio, Doty Brown of Odessa, Ginger Mason of
Greenville, South Carolina, Daniel Reed Jr. of Houston, Kathy Switzer of
Magnolia and Krista Reed of Magnolia; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Doty is preceded in death by his spouse, Patricia Key Doty; son, Daniel
Melvin Reed; parents, Floyd D. Doty and Edna Earl Phipps; and sister,
The family will receive guests at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors from
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 25, 2004, at the First Baptist Church in Odessa with Pastor
Johnny Young officiating. Pallbearers will be Elton Faught, David Brown,
Ron Benke, Landon Miller, Kyle Brown and Forest Mathews. Interment will
immediately follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 903 N Sam
Houston Ave., Odessa, Texas, 79761.
Arrangements entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.