Jeffrey Carter Voiles, 61, of Amarillo, died Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Murray Gossett of First Presbyterian Church officiating.
Jeff was born September 9, 1956 at Liberal, Kansas to Ted and Mary Anita Voiles. He grew up in Perryton, Texas and attended college at Colorado State University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated from Texas Tech University where he received a degree in accounting with high honors. He then graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law with a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude. He was a member of the Order of the Coif at Texas Tech. Jeff went on to enjoy a varied career in law and banking.
An avid sportsman, Jeff carried on the tradition of his father and grandfather, Cliff Voiles, by enthusiastically participating in several outdoor sports. In his younger days, he was known to play a mean game of golf. He learned to hunt and spent many hours outdoors his grandfather Cliff and with friends. Fly fishing was a lifelong passion for Jeff. He spent several days with a fly fishing guru in Montana learning to craft beautiful bamboo fly rods. Trapshooting was another favorite pastime, and he traveled all over the country to compete in trapshooting events.
Another love of Jeff’s was history, especially Civil War history. He made a point to visit many Civil War battlefields and was steeped in knowledge about each battle and its participants. He was a voracious reader with a photographic memory. It was easy for him to remember phrases and whole paragraphs of books he had read. Those who know him best know he quoted Winston Churchill regularly and had read everything ever written about him.
But at the core of his soul, Jeff was a musician. Not everybody knew that fact about him. He loved all kinds of music and brought his voracious appetite for knowledge to keeping it in his memory. He not only loved to listen, but he learned the various versions of pieces, always knew the composers, and could easily reference something he heard or learned years ago. But he wasn’t just an admirer, but he was also a student of music. He took guitar lessons for many years from Frank Hardcastle in Amarillo. He could often be found sitting in his chair, guitar across his chest, playing something classical, country, religious, or whatever was his current interest.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy Fletcher Voiles, and his parents. Jeff is survived by his beloved son, Colin, his second mother, Johnye Allen Voiles, Colin’s mother Carol Voiles, his sisters April Simpson and Carol Olson, his brothers Greg Allen and Mark Allen, nieces Taylor and Stephanie, nephews Eric, Luke, Adam, Mike, and John. He also leaves behind his adored Irish Terrier Darlin’ and a host of friends and relatives.