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Full Name    Earl Wayne Atwood

Date of Death    Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Obituary for Earl Atwood

Earl Wayne Atwood
1926 – 2015

Earl Wayne Atwood passed peacefully from this life on December 8, 2015 in Webster, TX at the age of 89 years. Earl is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thelma Grace Hendricks Atwood, their four children; Janis Gail Atwood Stang, Steven Craig Atwood, Ann Kathleen Atwood Fraley, and David Alan Atwood, all of the Houston metropolitan area, 11 grandchildren in Texas, Washington DC, California, and Israel: Alan Jay Stang Jr., Joseph Aaron Stang, Nathan Atwood Stang, Douglas Patton Stang, Paula Grace Stang Stinnett, Matthew Weiser Fraley, Mark Aaron Fraley, Mariel Ann Fraley, Jessica Hall Atwood Cerovich, Tug Emanual Atwood and Andrew Keith Atwood, as well as eight great grandchildren of Texas and California, and his sister, Wilma Jean Atwood McClain of La Porte, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Wayne Atwood and Joyce Muriel Bruce Atwood of Houston, TX.

Earl Atwood was born on August 27, 1926 in Mt. Vernon, NY, but within one year, the family moved to Oklahoma and then Texas, shortly thereafter. Earl graduated from Galena Park High School in 1943 and briefly studied engineering at the University of Houston in 1950. He married Thelma Grace in 1947 after returning home from the US Navy, following World War II. They settled in Pasadena as their first home. Earl worked for Sheffield Steel and the Southern Pacific Railroad, and worked tirelessly to build a long and varied career of entrepreneurism, various product innovations, and real estate. Those innovations included the Collateral Assignment agreement, which is still used in land sales as well as patents on a machine to quickly manufacture fishing rods and an improvement on the switch used to operate electro-magnets in the scrap iron business. A final notable fact is that he was business partners with former Houston mayor, Louie Welch for a short time prior to Mr. Welch’s political career. Those who knew Earl best will remember his love for nature, cats, dogs, mathematics, language, and learning in general. He had a quick wit and fierce desire for justice, sacrificing much for any cause he felt was worthy.

Visitation will be at 12:30 am on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Aldine Funeral Chapel. Immediately after, a service is scheduled for 2:00 at The Houston National Cemetery, with fellowship to follow at Grace Primitive Baptist Church, at 3616 Hurley Street in Houston. Elder Trey Collier will officiate at the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Earl’s life. Flowers and condolences may be sent to Aldine Funeral Chapel at 4905 Airline Dr. in Houston.

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