Johnny T. Cavitt – January 20, 2012

Johnny T. Cavitt, 84, formerly of Etter, Texas, died Friday, January 20, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at  2:30 P.M. on Monday, January 23, 2012 at Northlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Bob Ulrey, former pastor of Etter Baptist Church, officiating.   Masonic rites will be by Dumas Masonic Lodge #1009. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.
Johnny Thelbert Cavitt was born May 26, 1927 on the Campbell Ranch near Floydada, Texas to Eula Estelle Herod Cavitt and Claude Thomas Cavitt.
On March 27, 1958, he married Betty Johnson in Adrian, Texas.  They lived in San Saba, Texas, California, Wyoming, Mississippi, and Adrian before settling in Etter, Texas for more than 40 years.
Johnny was 13 when he started cowboying for the Matador Land & Cattle Company.  He was a cowboy on the Matador Ranch, Matador, Texas when he was drafted into the U.S. Marines in 1945.  After serving one year, one month and one day, he returned to the ranch.  He worked in many positions for the Matador Land and Cattle Company winding up at the Alamositas Branch of the Matador, outside of Adrian.  The last position he held was wagon boss/foreman.  He was one of the cowboys that gathered and shipped the last loads of cattle by train in 1959 when sections of the Matador Land and Cattle Co. were divided up and sold.  He was the last cowboy out on January 1, 1960 and literally shut the gate on that era of ranching history.  Then Johnny became a pilot and worked as a crop duster for Caprock Flying Service in Adrian.  After he and Betty moved to Etter, he continued caring for cattle, and eventually started his own hay baling business.  He retired in 2007.  For the past four years he resided at the Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home, where he continued to touch many lives with his caring and sense of humor.
He was a master mason and was recently honored as a 50 Year Member.
“Papa”, will always be remembered for his mischievous sense of humor.  He was about as tough as they come, but he knew how to enjoy life.  He had a heart for kids and dogs, and was always teasing everyone he met.  He was proud that he spent many years of his life on horseback and sleeping in bedroll under the stars.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Sam and sister, Sally.
Survivors include his wife Betty Cavitt of Etter; one son, Johnny Mark Cavitt and wife Renee of Amarillo; three grandsons, Johnny Lee Cavitt and wife Lauren of Amarillo; Brian Booth and wife Jayme of Lubbock; and Brady Booth of Amarillo; five great-grandchildren, Johnny Ricky Lee Cavitt, Brooklynne Renee Cavitt, and Ryan Scott Cavitt, all of Amarillo, Braxton Sloan Booth, and Brooklyn Howell, both of Lubbock; two brothers, Garland Cavitt and wife Jean of Amarillo; and Dave Cavitt and wife Blonnie of Levelland.
The family requests memorials sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 415 S.W. Eighth Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101

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