Alton Odell Mewbourn
July 28, 1945 - February 5, 2020
Alton Odell Mewbourn was born on July 28, 1945 in Grapevine, Texas to Avery Odell and Cordie Lee (Sherrin) Mewbourn. He died February 5, 2020 at the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas after a lengthy battle with atypical Parkinsons (PSP).
He attended schools in Hopkins and Dallas Counties. Alton married JoAnn (Irvin) on October 11, 1963 in Farmers Branch, Texas. They were divorced in 1987. He was retired from Bell Helicopter and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1987 and founded Aerospace Composites and Northwest Home Builders in Spokane, Washington. Alton sold them and retired in 1997. He married Alice Kellar on August 13, 1998 at Lakeside, Montana. They resided in Spokane, Washington and Lakeside, Montana until June 2005 when they moved to Paris, Texas. They moved to Mineola, Texas in July 2014.
He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Allen and his wife Edie Mewbourn, sister Carolyn (Mewbourn) and her husband Tom Martin, brothers-in-law Billy Ray Smith and Chester Earl Flenniken and sister-in-law Glenda (Pearce) Mewbourn.,
Alton is survived by his wife Alice, his ex-wife JoAnn, daughter Rebecca Jo (Mewbourn) Webb of Arlington, Texas, son Michael Dan Mewbourn of Mineola, Texas, granddaughter Bridget (Willingham) Capps and her husband Zachary and son Oscar of Sherman, Texas, grandson Max Russell of Arlington, Texas, his brother Avery Mewbourn of Mineola and sisters Barbara (Mewbourn) Smith of Mineola, Texas and Deborah (Mewbourn) Noe and husband Kenneth of Garland, Texas, brother-in-law Thomas Kellar and wife Mary of Havre, Montana and sister-in-law Jean (Kellar) Barragan of Lakeside, Montana. Nephews: Don Mewbourn (Claudia), Nathaniel Smith, Vic Martin (Cecile), Odell Mewbourn, Allen Mewbourn, Jason Sutton (Christy) and Mark Weishaar (Patti) and nieces Tammy (Mewbourn) Burwell, Shelley (Mewbourn) Jumper (A.J.), Kendra (Noe) Edwards (Jaime), Kim (Noe) Gallegos, Pam (Smith) Smith (Ronnie), Nina (Mewbourn) Hale and Lynn (Weishaar) Meyers (Thad) as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.
Alton loved hunting and fishing. He moved out to Pat Mayse Lake in early April and fished for a couple of months with his friend Bill Robinson. In later years his best weekend was one when his brother Avery or friend Charlie Green came to spend the weekend fishing. When Alice retired they spent six months of the year in Texas for the winter and six months in Montana for the summers. Alton never stopped talking about his home on Flathead Lake in Montana, the lake view, the bald eagles and elk on the hillside of his home. Alton loved classic cars and owned many over the years. He joined a group of friends for Car Chat at the local Whataburger every Tuesday morning and loved the short trips the group took with their cars. He’d have his son Mike polish up the last one a 1964 Chevelle Super Sport convertible and get it ready for a ride.
Funeral service will be held on Friday February 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Mineola,Texas at the Church of St. Dunstan 800 N. Johnson St. Internment of ashes will be at Calvary Cemetery in Havre, Montana at a later date.