James Burl Notgrass
James Burl Notgrass
  • September 20, 1927 - January 11, 2018
  • Stanton, Texas

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James "Burl" Notgrass, 90, died on January 11, 2018 in Odessa, TX.

Burl was born on September 20, 1927 in Eastland, TX to James Gordon Notgrass and Rosa Mae Williams Notgrass. He graduated from Courtney High School in 1946. He married Delma "Janice" Peterson on May 2, 1953 in Stanton, TX. They had four children. Janice died on December 7, 1994. Burl married Laura Baker on February 25, 1995 in Stanton, TX.

Burl worked for Sewell Ford and Joe White Lincoln-Mercury as an auto mechanic and shop foreman for almost 50 years before retiring in 1996. Burl loved hunting, fishing, fixing anything that was broken or needed improvement, his church, and above all his family.

Burl served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army from February 1947 through September 1952. His basic training was at Fort Ord, Monterey, CA. Later he was assigned to the 38th Gun Battalion at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Still later he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Calvary at Fort Meade, MD, before he was sent to Korea. Burl's division participated in the defense of the Pusan Perimeter. They attempted to bridge the Imjin River to start the Armistice talks that would end the war. However, the bridge collapsed. Burl and others from the Company were stranded on the communist side and had to be rescued by helicopters. He returned to the U.S. in January 1952 and was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX until his discharge in September 1952.

He is survived by his wife Laura Notgrass of Stanton, two daughters Jan Findley of Odessa, TX, Carolyn McConnell and her husband Craig of Roseville, CA, two sons Nathan Notgrass and his wife Haley of Farmington, NM, and Steve Notgrass and his wife Terri of Odessa, TX. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, one great grandchild due in June, two brothers, three sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Burl's caregiver, Rita Steel, for her unwavering love and care, Hospice, long-time Pastor Clydel Chapman and their church family at Northside Baptist Church. They have truly been a blessing to not only Burl but also to the entire Notgrass family.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home in Odessa, TX. A celebration of his life will take place at Northside Baptist Church, 100 W. 50th Street, Odessa, TX on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm and will be followed by a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home in Odessa, TX.