Oran Junior Maynard

Oran J. Maynard, 86, of Sweetwater passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 while in Hendrick Hospice Care. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater with nephew Paige Baize officiating. Burial will follow at the Garden of Memories in Sweetwater under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Friday, Nov. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.Pallbearers will be Lynn Nichols, Brian Nichols, Pete Martinez and Andy Nichols. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Alderson, Jess Penton, Pete Crain, Bo Gerard, Robert Bowen and Charles Reeves.Oran was born June 14, 1926, to Oran G. and Mae Davis Maynard of Divide. He grew up “on the Divide” and graduated from Divide High School. He fell in love with and married Elizabeth Mardelle Allred on Aug. 23, 1947. Mardelle passed away in January 1997, just seven months shy of their 50 year wedding anniversary. Oran and Mardelle lived in Sweetwater all their married lives and raised one daughter, Sherolyn Maynard Nichols of Abilene.After working as an electrician for Texas Electric Service Company for 25 years, Oran retired in 1985. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years and he always had a love for animals. He was an avid reader and loved watching football and reading westerns in his retirement years. He lived in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Nichols for the last five years of his life, but his heart was always in Sweetwater with his close friends.Oran had a kind heart and a gentle spirit. He loved and cared for his family and was always willing to help friends and loved ones any way he could. He leaves behind granddaughter Sara Nichols Martinez and husband Pete of New Mexico, and grandson Brian Nichols of Austin. His grandchildren were the light of his life and his absence will leave a void in their lives.Preceding him in death were his parents, Oran and Mae Maynard; his wife, Mardelle; two sisters, Eva Lee Finch and Nelma Byler; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.The family expresses gratitude to Dr. Nancy Daggubati and the staff of Hendrick Hospital and Hendrick Hospice for care in his final days.Memorial contributions may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory St, TX 79601 or Rescue the Animals, 933 S. 1st, Abilene, TX 79605 or the donors preferred charity.Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.