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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:00 am

ODESSA Edwin Maurice “Eddie” Echols, 81, of Odessa, passed away after a brief illness, on Monday October 22nd, 2007, at his home. The youngest of 3 children, Eddie was born in Midlothian, TX, on October 2, 1926, to William and Della Echols. He was a loving husband to Brenda Amonett Echols for 20 years. He loved the outdoors: boating, camping, fishing and working in the yard. Eddie and Brenda kept the motor home stocked and the boat ready to head to the lake at a moments notice. Eddie loved his family and friends, loved life and lived in the moment. He was always ready with a joke or two that would make everybody smile. He lived a very full and active life. He graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth and attended North Texas State. He served in the Maritime Service and United States Navy for 5 years. He started a 25-year career in the banking business and transferred from Fort Worth to Odessa in 1959 with First National Bank. He then began a long career as a Real Estate Broker. During this time he met Brenda in 1984 at an Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang Fan Fair Feed in Nashville, TN, where he then relocated to Nashville, TN in 1985 and managed the affairs for the Gatlin Brothers. They returned to Odessa as husband and wife in 1988, where he continued his real estate career with Trower Realtors working full time until the present.

Eddie cared about his community and believed in giving back. While in Fort Worth he received his Master Mason Degree with the Panther City Lodge in 1956. After moving back to Odessa he was active in many organizations; American Legion, President of the Hi-Noon Optimist Club, Permian Basin International Oil Show Board of Directors, Permian Basin Bass Club President, Odessa Chamber of Commerce Lifetime member, Odessa Board of Realtors President, Permian Basin Rehab, Permian Basin Booster MOJO member and season ticket holder since the 60’s. Although he cared about these organizations, his true passion was serving as a member of The Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang for over forty years and being elected Gang Boss in 1971. He was a member of Crescent Park Baptist Church in Odessa.

Eddie was preceded in death by both of his parents, sister, Avinelle Echols Cason and brother, William Echols. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Amonett Echols; sons, Randy Echols and wife, Cathi; Kie Echols and wife, Cathy; Bret Echols and wife, Terri; Scott Amonett; Barry Amonett and wife, Jennifer; grandchildren, Lindsay and Gavin Sheaffer; Brook and Tim Rapp; Will Abel and wife, Marcie; Brenton Echols, Alesha Echols, Ally Echols, Elizabeth Goetz, Katie Goetz, Andrea Amonett, Wendi Amonett, and Dustin Amonett; and great-grandchildren, Ryan Abel, Madison Abel, Randi Abel, Emma Amonett, Liam O’Quinn and Kaleb Goetz.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 25th, 2007, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, 6801 E. Business 20 in Odessa, TX.

Services will be held Friday October 26th, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Christian Fellowship located at their new location, 3450 Billy Hext Road, Pastor Clark Racca officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts in Eddie’s memory may be given to Home Hospice.

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