Joseph William “Jake” Avery, 81, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Kurt Oheim officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Avery was born April 13, 1930 in Coleman to Lloyd and Jewel Dillard Avery. He married Sue Adams on July 5, 1962 in Pasadena. He had worked for Coca-Cola, Morton Foods, and Affiliated Foods where he was director of food services for several years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite, and the Khiva Shrine where he served as potentate in 1997. Mr. Avery attended Paramount Terrace Christian Church. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War in 1952-1956 in Shreveport, LA serving duty in N. Africa.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing golf and fishing, but most of all he loved to dance, dance, dance… He felt passionately about his involvement with the Shriner organization.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Donaldson and a sister, Bobbie Knight.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Avery of Amarillo; two daughters, Sharon Avery-Cooper and Shanna Uhrich and husband Steve, all of Amarillo; a son, Clay Avery of Amarillo; a son-in-law, Kyle Donaldson of Odessa; two brothers, James Avery and wife Mary Beth, and Charles Avery, all of Amarillo; known as Daddy Jake to eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be to Khiva Shrine Temple, P.O. Box 328, Amarillo, TX 79105.
Special thanks to Interim Hospice for their love and care.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at the funeral home.