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Gary Ray "Butch" Westmoreland
October 29, 1945 ~ July 16, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Gary Ray "Butch" Westmoreland, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on July 16, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, creativity, and a genuine spirit. Born on October 29, 1945, he was the son of Willard Westmoreland and June Turner Westmoreland.
Butch was a passionate artist who found solace and joy in painting. Although he worked as a sign painter, his artistic talent extended far beyond his profession. With his boundless creativity, he transformed everyday objects into works of art, showcasing his unique perspective on the world.
In 1968, Butch's life took a beautiful turn when he met the love of his life, Roxie A. Westmoreland, through a cousin in Fort Worth, Texas. They were married just three months after their first meeting, embarking on a journey that would span 54 remarkable years. Butch cherished his role as a family man and found immense joy in his relationships with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Butch had a heart of gold and would go to great lengths to help others. He was known for his generosity and selflessness, always willing to lend a helping hand or offer his support. His kindness knew no bounds, and he had a reputation for giving the shirt off his back to those in need.
As a devoted provider, Butch worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being of his family. His strong work ethic and determination were an inspiration to all who knew him. He loved his dogs and had a deep affection for animals, including his cherished cow.
In his workshop, which he lovingly referred to as his sanctuary, Butch spent countless hours tinkering and creating. To others, it may have appeared as a collection of odds and ends or as they all affectionately put it “junk” but to Butch, they were treasures. His friends affectionately called him "Pa Pa," a testament to his role as a mentor and father figure to many.
Butch was a man of many talents, a true jack of all trades. He possessed a remarkable ability to fix anything that crossed his path, earning him the admiration and respect of those around him. He found solace in gardening and mowing his grass, often finding joy in these simple yet rewarding tasks. His daughter Gidget and his granddaughter Kenzie were his partners in crime during these moments of relaxation.
Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Roxie; his daughter, Gidget Cochran, and her husband, Jeff; his son, Wesley Westmoreland, and his wife, Melinda; his grandchildren: Kolton Cochran and his wife, Lauren; Kenzie Cope and her husband, Josh; Eli Westmoreland, Rocky Westmoreland, and Kalani Westmoreland; and his great-granddaughters: Avery Cope and Adaline Cochran. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Butch was preceded in death by his loving parents, Willard, and June Westmoreland, and his brother, Bill Westmoreland.
Gary Ray "Butch" Westmoreland will be remembered for his unwavering love, his artistic spirit, and his kind heart. His legacy lives on through his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory forever be a source of comfort and inspiration.