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Barney Lee Echols, 98, of Big Spring died Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Lamun Lusk Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Memorial Park.
He was born Nov. 11, 1913, in Gotebo, Okla., to Nancy and Barney A. Echols. He worked as a cowboy in West Texas until World War II, where he served in the First Calvary Division in the Asiatic â€“ Pacific Theater, including New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, Leyte-Samar, Luzon, the Philippians, Australia and Japan.
He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in combat, combat infantry badge, good conduct medal, American Defense medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Service medal. After the war, Barney and his brother Jay ranched near Sterling City and near Lometa for many years, moving to Big Spring in 2005.
He is survived by one brother, Jay Echols of Big Spring; one sister, Neoma Clanton of Big Spring; eleven nieces and nephews, Bill Swafford, Larry Swafford and Ruth Graham, all of Big Spring, Raymond Swafford of Midland, Wib Moody of Wickett, Norman Moody and Phil Moody, both of McCamey, Billie Nell Pfeilffer and Mitzi Harper, both of San Angelo, Patsy Bynum of Sterling City and Bill Davis Christoval.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bertha Davis and Liz Moody.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com