Lloyd Calvin Pharis passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Denton, Texas where he lived since July, 2019. Lloyd was born July 21, 1932 near Tyler, Texas to Jesse and Ruth Pharis. He was the second of three children, with Jesse Ray his older brother and Janie, his younger sister. As a young child, the family lived in Burkburnet and El Dorado, Tx. He grew up with his family in the oil fields of Southeastern New Mexico while his Dad worked for Humble Oil Company. During that time of his childhood, the family lived in the small shacks of the oil camps around Oil Center, New Mexico where windmills, horses and wagons were still common to see.
After his father was seriously injured in an oil field accident, the family moved to Seminole, Tx in the summer of 1945 where Jess began a radiator and automotive repair shop. Lloyd played quarterback in high school for the Seminole Indians. After high school, Lloyd entered Texas Technological College (Texas Tech University) in the fall of 1950. He decided to put college on hold before the semester was completed and joined the US Air Force during the Korean Era conflict. He was stationed in San Antonio, Texas and later at Sandia AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While stationed at Sandia, he married his life long love, Yvonne (Partain) Pharis on June 8, 1953. They were married 60 years before her passing in 2013. After serving 4 years he returned to Texas Tech and obtained his degree in Accounting using the GI bill to help with the costs.
Lloyd and his family lived in Lubbock, Seminole, Albuquerque NM, Hobbs NM, and Roswell NM, before moving to a lake house in Graham, Tx in 1984. Lloyd had a varied career working as an accountant early on. He later spent many months in California training to be an Internal Revenue Agent where he worked in Hobbs. He then bought and built up several nursing homes in New Mexico. After selling that business he began working for a local bank in Graham until his retirement.
Always serving Lloyd was a member of the Lions Club and the Rotary Club. He was also a life-long and faithful Christian. He was a member of the Church of Christ and served many years as an Elder at several congregations where the family worshipped. With a steady hand, sound of thought and mind, he and Yvonne raised and is survived by his 3 sons. Michael Pharis and his wife Vicki, of Sanger, Tx, Allen Pharis and his wife Patty of Colorado City, Tx and Greg Pharis and his wife Darla from Graham, Tx. Lloyd has 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren with one more due in early February, 2021. He is also survived by his brother, Jess Ray Pharis and his wife Francis of Abilene.
His grandchildren and great grandchildren include Michelle Wallace married to Scott Wallace and their 3 children, Makenzie, Kambree and Tanner. Ryan Pharis and his wife Allison and their 3 children, Alexander, Charlotte and James. Cade Pharis and his wife Lori and their 3 children Raney, Haden and Chesni. Courtney Johnson and her husband Gregg and their 3 children, Jaxon, Mattox, and Ellisyn. Devan Pharis and his wife Amanda are expecting their first child Calvin Thomas in early 2021. Kaitlin Smith and her husband Carter.
Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Jess and his sister Janie Wright.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Cherokee Home for Children in Cherokee, Tx or Fosters Children's Home.
The family would also like to thank the staff and caretakers at Anthology of Denton memory care unit and the wonderful nurses from Aspen Home Health and Hospice of Lewisville.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in Restland Cemetery in Olney under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.
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