Alton DeWayne “Al” Voyles
LONGVIEW — Al Voyles of Longview, Texas was given his angel wings on March 5, 2018 following his journey with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born in Childress, Texas on October 10, 1937. He grew up and worked hard as a young man to help his family with cotton farming in Childress and Tell and plowed many perfect rows atop his Farmall Tractor. He attended West Texas State University on a baseball scholarship and later worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad before owning his own Humble Oil full serve station in Childress. Al moved his family to Longview in the 1960s to pursue a career in the automotive business. He worked for Goodwin/Bass Chevrolet and sold Randy Peters his first car as a teenager. He also worked for Fond/Jack O’ Diamonds Lincoln Mercury. He opened his own business, Voyles Auto Sales and became a licensed State Inspector for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles through his business Auto Check. He had many loyal customers and friends in the auto business that used his services and admired his dedication and excellent work ethic.
Al was preceded in death by his father, Horace Steve “Shorty” Voyles, mother, Verda Mae “Nanny” Voyles, sister, Edna Mae Cheatheam, brother, Harlon Dale Voyles and his many pets – especially Tootles. He is survived by his best friend, devoted wife of 30 years, and caregiver, Linda Head Lessenberry Voyles, son Mike (Pamela) of Sweeny, daughter Michelle (Adam) Gerber of Crested Butte, Colorado, stepsons Dale Lessenberry of Longview and David Lessenberry of Austin, grandchildren Jesse Gerber, Tiffanie Rice, and Brittney Tucker Pitcock, two great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law Wayne (Vicki) Head of Brazoria and Bobby Head of Bay City, sisters-in-law Sherry (Greg) Head Rothermel of Bay City and Pat Voyles of Littlefield, and many nieces and nephews.
Al and his family want to thank David Wilcox and his staff at LifeCare Hospice, Sandra Epps (Al’s aide), his special nurses, Mary Tower (Al’s volunteer sitter), and all his friends who followed him through his Alzheimer’s journey. Al’s body has been donated to the UT Southwestern Medical Center Willed Body Program for medical teaching and research purposes. A private memorial service will be planned later. The family requests that memorials be made to the Longview Chapter of AMBUCS, P.O. Box 3092, Longview, TX 75606 or East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance, P.O. Box 6011, Longview, TX 75608.
Some of Al’s special times included earning his private pilot license and buying his own airplanes, watching the Dallas Cowboys, dancing, and traveling. He joined the Longview Chapter of AMBUCS over 30 years ago and cherished the memories and friends he made as they served the community through many projects. He was most proud of his involvement in the development and hand building of the original AmTryke, giving independence to people with disabilities and to the wounded warriors. He loved America, our National Anthem, our flag, our veterans, our active servicemen, our PO-lice as he called them, and everyone who worked to make our community and country great. Coming from such a humble childhood, Al took pride in reaching out to anyone he thought needed a helping hand. He was a Christian and a member of the Henry Foster Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church.