Roy Earl Bean, 77 of Stinnett, passed away on April 5, 2023 in Lubbock, Texas
Services will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 10, 2023 at the Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Rev. Lewis Holland, retired Methodist minister, and Pastor James Stephens, pastor at the First Christian Church in Stinnett, officiating. A private family burial will be held at Miami Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors and Crematory.
Roy Bean was born on March 14, 1946 in Pampa to Faye and R.J. Bean. Roy was named after his Uncle Roy and his Uncle Earl. Roy was fortunate to be raised on a farm and ranch outside of Miami, Texas. Roy graduated from Miami High School in 1964. He participated in all sports. One of his lifelong memories was going to state in high jump. His jumping mat at Miami High school was a pile of sand full of stickers. He continued his education at Frank Phillips College for one year. While in Borger he lived with his eldest brother, David and his family. This ended up being a big blessing for Roy since his brother, who was ten years older, passed away the next year. Roy later graduated from West Texas University with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1969.
Roy married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Gill, on September 8, 1966 in Miami. They celebrated 56 years together this past September. After graduation, they moved to Grant, New Mexico for one year before returning to Miami when Roy started working for Natural Gas Pipeline on January 25, 1971. He worked in Miami for one year and the next five years were spent traveling to Chicago, Iowa, New Orleans, and Houston working in pipeline construction. He finally made his home in Stinnett in 1976, where he resided for 46 years. After several takeovers, Roy retired from Oneok Pipeline with 40 years of service to the company.
Roy loved life. He was always busy with his dogs at his side, a knife in his pocket, a red rag in his back pocket, and duct tape in his hand, with all that he was ready for the day. Of course, he had to have a pocket on his shirt, or it wasn’t worth having. He was an outdoors man and he loved working with tools. Roy was a good builder and an “I’ll fix it myself” type of guy. He loved shooting guns just for fun, fishing, boating, and camping. Roy loved to have a good time. He had a contagious laugh, that could always be recognized, and constantly teased and irritated his girls. His girls were his pride and joy. He was so proud of them. He loved his family along with his four grandsons. Roy also loved the Lord. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Miami but attended the First Christian Church in Stinnett.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Faye and R.J. Bean, and two brothers, David and Jimmie Bean.
He is survived by the love of his life, Cheryl Bean of the home; two daughters, Shannon Mace and husband John of Kennewick, Washington and Sheila Joy and husband Gery of Lubbock; four grandsons, Alex Joy, Randall Joy, and Luke Joy, all of Lubbock, and Garrett Mace of Kennewick, Washington; two sisters-in-law, Kathy Thompson and Mary Ann Gill, both of Miami, and a host of other extended family members.