Noble Duane Talley, age 75, of Odessa, Texas, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, Texas to live forever with Jesus Christ.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 5 PM-8 PM at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, 6801 East Hwy 80 in Odessa.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM at Sunset Chapel, Wednesday, September 21, 2022, with pastor Dr. Michael McGuire of Crescent Park Baptist Church officiating, where Duane has been a longtime member. Arrangements are by Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.
Duane was born in Princeton, Indiana, to Edythe and Rex Talley on November 24, 1946. He attended several schools in various towns and countries but graduated from Odessa’s Permian High School in 1965. After graduation he attended DeVry Technological Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Then he was drafted into the US Army, did basic training in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and was relocated to Lai Khe, Vietnam, with Co. C 1/16 Inf, 1st Infantry Division, until he was seriously wounded in July of 1968. Due to 2 different service injuries in Vietnam, he was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
After recuperating, he and Susan Robison married on June 12, 1970, in Odessa. They moved to Pecos, Texas, where she taught school. They also lived in Lubbock, Tx, until 1980 when they moved home to Odessa.
Duane was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He loved his military brothers. He was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the Texas Congress of PTA in April of 1997 for voluntary work at Dowling Elementary where his children attended school. He was always ready to share his experiences from Vietnam with students, which he did on a regular basis with classes at Permian High School. He has been a member of Crescent Park Baptist Church since 1980 where he was also ordained as a deacon. He was always ready to help or encourage our church activities, especially VBS (Vacation Bible School).
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edythe, and Rex Talley; his younger brother, Richard Talley; grandparents, Clara and Guy Middleton, Winnie, and Noble Talley; one granddaughter, Morgan Talley; and one niece, Whitney Kay Talley.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan Talley; sons, Philip Duane Talley and wife Laura, Andrew Claude Talley and wife, Tess, and Jonathan Wade Talley and wife Sarah; brother, Guy Edward Talley and wife Kay; sister, Cheryl Jane Johnson and husband, Hugh; nephew, Kyle Talley and wife Kim; nieces, Tennille Johnson, Taryn Stinson and husband Andrew, Michelle Wilson, Adriane Talley, Alexandria Talley-Ingram and husband, Michael; granddaughters, Cameron, Layla, Dylan; grandsons, Parker, Wyatt, Truett, Hunter, Mason and Alex; sister-in-law, Mrs. Melvin (Karen) Robison; as well as nieces, Jennifer Pinella and husband Miguel, Bethany Calloway and husband Craig, and Lori Whitmire and husband, James.
The family of Noble Duane Talley wish to extend our thanks to the doctors, nurses and physical therapists of Medical Center Hospital and Madison Medical for the care given him during his recent illness. Special thanks to Dr Parsons, Dr. Angrekula in Odessa, his VA nurses and Dr. Orazulike-Ogbutor UC., VA Social Worker, Kendra Jones, as well as the medical staff at the Big Spring VA. We are especially thankful for the kindness shown to him and our family by our church, neighborhood, and many other friends made over the years. He was very much loved by all of them.