Joe B. Medley
Joe Bloys Medley, 75, of Clifton died on June 8, 2018, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery.
He was born in El Paso County on July 28, 1942, to Mary Isabelle (Bloys) and Wilbur Bion Medley.
He grew up in the Big Bend area, mostly in Fort Davis, where he graduated from high school. While playing six-man football for Fort Davis in a game against Valentine, he met his future wife, Linda Gravell, who was a cheerleader for Valentine. The couple married on July 24, 1966, in Mexico. They spent almost 35 years together until she preceded him in death on March 9, 2001.
After health prevented him from enlisting for military service, he decided to serve his country in law enforcement and was a constable for Brewster County and Presidio County for a number of years.
First and foremost, he was a cowboy. He worked on ranches breaking horses and tending to cattle. Later he moved to Pecos and worked as a heavy equipment operator.
He enjoyed watching westerns, especially those starring John Wayne. He often noted that he felt most at peace and closest to God when by himself on horseback in the mountains. He was of the Presbyterian faith.
The family says Medley was a talented artist, skilled at drawing and wood carving. Taking grandchildren fishing was his favorite activity.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, George Medley.
Medley is survived by four children, Melissa Meyer of Clifton, Latisha Draughon and husband, Brad, of Charlotte, Sherry Brookshire and husband, Scott, of Vancouver, Washington, and Roy Medley of Flower Mound; two brothers, Benjamin Medley and wife, Kim, of Fort Worth and Oscar Medley and wife, Barbara, of Fort Davis; five grandchildren, Lindsey Lee, U.S. Army Sgt. Cody J. Wise, Kirsten Diaz and husband, Leo, Garrett Roberts and wife, Kathryne, and Courtney Roberts; three great-grandchildren, Brendin Diaz, Levi Diaz and Emily Miner; companion, Betty Sansom of Uvalde; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 811, Fort Davis, TX 79734; or Bloys Camp Meeting, Attn. Maxie Watts, 125 Bluebriar Lane, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifton Funeral Home.
Clifton Funeral Home, www.cliftonfh.com