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Wallie Cayton – December 9, 2016

Wallie Cayton, 85, of Amarillo, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. cayton-obit-photo

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Military rites are provided by DAV Chapter 26.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Wallie was born June 19, 1931, in Hereford to Pearl and Norbon Walser Cayton. He graduated from Spearman High School in 1949 and then attended Frank Phillips College where he played basketball.  He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in History from Hardin Simmons.

Wallie served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1958 at Scott Air Force Base where he played basketball, and ran and lived in the gym.

He met Jane Johnson in the fall of 1959 and they were married March 10, 1960.

For 37 years, Wallie taught school. He taught in Wylie, Texas and at Travis Jr. High and Palo Duro High School in Amarillo.

Wallie loved playing golf and cards with his many friends and daughter. He loved every moment and remembered every shot.

The family is thankful for Johnnie Kenneybrew who was his wonderful caregiver and friend.

Wallie loved God, his family and friends and life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Melanie; a brother, James; and two sisters, Martha Haden and Mary Jane DeArmond.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; two daughters, Kelley and Melodie SoRelle; a granddaughter, Ashley; three great-granddaughters, Taya, Maya and Kylie; and two special nephews and their families, Billy Haden and wife Lynn and Jimmy Haden and wife Kym.

There will be a reception at Saint Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S. Western, Amarillo, TX 79109, after the memorial service for those who would like to join the family to celebrate Wallie’s life.



  • Marion Mack Posted December 11, 2016 10:47 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Cayton he was my high school history teacher, and he was the best teacher, he will be missed.

  • Gary Bradford Posted December 12, 2016 1:27 pm

    I first met Mr. Cayton in Sep 1959. He was my Physical Education teacher at Travis Jr High. He has always been my favorite teacher and was a great role model for many young boys as we grew into men. I stayed in touch with “Coach” Cayton for many years and considered him a good friend. I wish to express my condolences to his family

  • DAVID CAMPBELL Posted December 13, 2016 10:23 am


  • Betsy Coolidge Posted December 13, 2016 1:06 pm

    Aunt Jane and family, our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Uncle Wallie. May the Grace of God give you all comfort in the days and weeks ahead. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Betsy and Don and family.

  • Kevin Cotter Posted December 14, 2016 4:13 am

    I really enjoyed Coach Cayton as a P.E. teacher at Travis. He was a great
    person to be acquainted with and a lot of fun times in class. Loved playing Dodge Ball and Softball in his class. May God bless the family of this great man and teacher.

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