Dennis Ray Strother

Dennis Ray Strother, 57, of Sweetwater, passed away early Wednesday morning, June 15, 2011, at his home in Sweetwater after a lengthy illness. Memorial services will be Saturday morning, June 18, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater, Texas, with life long friend, Larry Smith, officiating.Interment will take place at a later date at Ft. Davis Mountains.The family will receive friends on Friday, June 17, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 E. 3rd, Sweetwater, Texas.Dennis was born August 21, 1953, in Sweetwater, TX. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1971. He then went on to Texas Tech University where he graduated in 1978. While going to Tech, Dennis met and married the love of his life, Dwylene McCoy on May 17, 1975. He then attended and graduated with his Masters Degree at Southwest Oklahoma State.Dennis moved to Andrews, Texas in 1978 and began a 28 year teaching career, and later retired in 2006 from Andrews Independent School District. He also worked for Jim’s Air Conditioning and Heating (during his teaching career) also for 29 years. The past five years, Dennis “Coach” worked at Sweetwater Christian School. Dennis truly loved mentoring and teaching children during his entire career.Dennis was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was avid about health and physical education, and exercised daily. He was a true and dedicated NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. fan.The priorities in Dennis’s life were his friends and family, especially his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.Survivors include his wife, Dwylene McCoy Strother, his son 1-LT. Gerod Brooks Strother and wife Christina of El Paso, and two grandchildren, Maddie and Brayden Strother, of El Paso; sister, Linda Strother of Abilene, TX; an aunt, Bobbie Strother and an uncle, John Strother, both of Roscoe. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Cullen and Juanita Strother; an uncle D.C. Strother; and a cousin Ricky Strother.Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Smith, Gary Smith, Mike Briggs, Jim Huckabee, Jason and Denise Blake, Phil Knox, Steve Oatman, Jim Kelley, J.D. Barham, Dick Thompson and Mike Wilkins.The family requests memorials be made to the Sweetwater Christian School Playground Fund, 507 Locust, Sweetwater, TX, 79556, or to First United Methodist Church, 309 Cedar, Sweetwater TX, 79556.