Wallace Neal Bridwell, 91, lifelong Texhoma, Oklahoma resident, passed away Tuesday, December7, 2021 at Moore County Hospital in Dumas, Texas.
The son of Norman and Clarice (Fields) Bridwell, he was born on February 25, 1930, in Dalhart, Texas. Wally graduated from Texhoma High School with the class of 1947. He attended Panhandle Agricultural & Mechanical College in Goodwell, Oklahoma where he met his wife, Bonnie Tomlinson from Guymon, Oklahoma, and they were united in marriage in March 1950. Wally received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Agriculture in May 1951.
Following graduation, Wally served two years in the US Army, stationed at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Following his service, he and Bonnie returned to join his parents on the family farm twelve miles south of Texhoma where he was raised. In June of 1956, they were blessed with a son, Devin. Wally pursued his passion of farming all his life. Bonnie preceded him in death in 2003. His greatest accomplishment was farming with his son Devin and wife Brenda who returned to the farm following their marriage in 1980 and watching his grandsons as the fourth generation on the farm. Wally was an avid gun collector and enjoyed hunting and trap shooting, winning the Texas State Champion, Class B Trap Shooter in 1965.
Wally was a long-time member of the First Christian Church of Texhoma. He served on the Rita Blanca Electric Board of Directors for 25 years with eight years as Chairman of the Board. The Texhoma Chamber of Commerce awarded him “Farmer of the Year “in 1995.
Wallace was preceded in death by an infant brother John Norman Bridwell, his parents Norman and Clarice, wife Bonnie and son Devin Bridwell.
Survivors include his daughter-in-law Brenda Bridwell of Texhoma, grandsons, Marshall Bridwell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Austin Bridwell of Ft. Worth, Texas, and his sister Jacqueline Freeman of Texhoma.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Texhoma with Pastor Matt Maples officiating.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Texhoma Cemetery Fund c/o Tom Hackler, P.O. Box 10054, Texhoma, Texas 73960.
Friends and family may sign the online guest book or leave a condolence at www.hensonnovak.com.