Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1943 RJC

Wayne Lingle WAYNE LINGLE, 77, was a 1943 graduate of Ranger High School in Ranger, TX and later attended Ranger Jr. College. He was born July 12, 1923, in Breckenridge, TX. His parents were Luther and Nin (Swain) Lingle. After his father's death in 1925 he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Sis and Pee Wee Burnett of Ranger. He married Annie Vylene Norton in Ranger in 1944. He was a pipe-line welder, traveled a lot in his work and loved traveling. He suffered a severe brain aneurysm July 4, 1971 while he was playing in a golf tournament in Andrews, TX. The surgery was too late and permanent damage had been done. He spent the remainder of his life in VA hospitals and nursing homes under the loving supervision of his two daughters. He died in 2000 and is buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Decatur, TX. He was survived by the two daughters: Prissie Reed of Rhome, TX, and Cyndy Grove of Decatur; 4 grand- children and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife who died in February of 1972, and a brother, Raymond Lingle (RHS-1939). He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in France. Wayne loved sports and football and golf were his favorites. He played football at Ranger High during his schooling there. The family lived in Odessa and he was a Permian High football fan. His daughter, Cyndy, wrote that, "One fall, Daddy was working up in Michigan, and Permian was in a playoff game. He went down to a pay phone in his hotel and called the Odessa American to find out what Radio station the game would be playing on and then called a family friend in Midland and asked him to lay the receiver next to the radio. He listened to the entire football game long distance from a pay phone at the hotel. Afterward, the story was that he fed quarters into the pay phone until his fingers went numb.