Arvil Keith Streety was born August 15, 1935 and passed from this life August 10, 2017, five days before his 82nd birthday and his 64th anniversary. Arvil Keith Streety was born to Jessie Arvil Streety and Ora Huff Streety in Wilbarger County. They moved to Lamb County in 1940 and began farming there. He attended school at Spade, Texas before transferring to Littlefield his sophomore year. He graduated from Littlefield in 1953. He married the “love of his life” Shirley Joy Faver on August 15th 1953, his 18th birthday, in Spade, Texas. He attended Texas Tech for 2 years, worked at Littlefield Motor Parts for 3 years, before moving to Hockley County in January of 1958 and began his farming career at that time. He was very active in his community and church. He was a lifelong song leader at the Ropesville Church of Christ. He served as an elder there for many years. He also served on the Ropes ISD School Board. He served as the chairman of the Hockley County Extension Program Council. He also served on the South Smyer Coop Gin Board, South Community Coop Board and the United Cotton Growers Coop Board. He was a director to Plains Cotton Growers Board. He was on the Dean of Agriculture Advisory Board at Texas Tech. He served as an advisor for the National Cotton Council. He was a director to the Cotton Council International. He served on the Texas Federation of Cooperatives, the Texas Agricultural Coop Council and the Texas Bank for Cooperatives Advisory Board. He was elected to the PYCO Industries board of directors in 1967. He served on that board for 38 years, and as the chairman of that board for the last 19 years. While in that position, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the National Cotton Board where he served for 10 years and as Chairman the last 2 years. He loved the farm life and ran a successful farming operation for 50 years. He embraced new ideas and technologies and was very successful doing so. He was a hard worker, excellent manager and enjoyed building and repairing much of his own equipment. He loved his sons. His life revolved around them. He was a Little League baseball coach, a Little Dribblers basketball coach, and led a team to the very first national Little Dribblers Tournament. He was involved in the school athletic programs, serving as Booster Club president and also announcing for the high school football games. He enjoyed attending all of their events and functions. He was an avid fan at their activities In 1978, his youngest son Riky married Mitzi Smith of Meadow, and he thoroughly enjoyed teasing her about being from the “enemy“ town. A special bond was created between the two of them and he considered her as his own daughter from that time on. Riky and Mitzi went on to have three children that were Keith’s pride and joy. He loved his grandchildren, attending practically every game and activity. He and Shirley would travel wherever the activities took them, including the whole states of Oklahoma and Texas to watch football and basketball playoff games, state track meets, and college football games. He truly loved watching his grandkids whatever they were doing and was extremely proud watching them develop into wonderful young adults. Then the GREAT-grandkids came along and it got even worse! They could do no wrong. When they entered the room, his whole face would light up and a big smile would come across his face right up to his last days. He loved watching them play and listening to their stories, laughing and smiling at their actions. However, the true “love of his life” was Shirley. He loved her unendingly and she was his pride and joy for almost 64 years of marriage. It was very rare to see one without the other. Most of the time, they were holding hands and smiling at each other. They enjoyed many wonderful years together. They faced many difficulties and struggles throughout those years. From a near fatal car accident, to a house fire that destroyed many of their possessions, to hailstorms, droughts, crop failures and later on health problems. They endured them all with perseverance and dignity. Even as their health began to fail, the love was always there. They were still holding hands when he took his last breath. They set a wonderful example of what a marriage truly should be. The best part of all of this, was that he was a faithful, devout Christian while attending to all of the other aspects of his life. He loved singing hymns. He loved his church. He loved his Savior and his God. His whole life was focused around that. An old friend of his said “There’s nothing better that anyone can pass on to their loved ones than the blessing of knowing they were a faithful Christian and know where they are going when they pass. Such a peace! Keith is survived by his wife, Shirley of Crown Point in Lubbock; one son, Tony of Ropesville; another son, Riky and wife, Mitzi of Meadow; one granddaughter, Brooke and husband, Jordan Stegemoeller of New Home; grandsons, Stoney and wife, Ashley of Lubbock; and Tanner also of Lubbock; five great-grandchildren, Rylan, Hayden, and Hudson Stegemoeller of New Home; and Kambry and Jaden Streety of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Alice May of Littlefield; and a brother- and sister-in-law, Dwight and Carole Faver of Spade; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Arlean Darby of Houston and Virginia Rasco of Levelland, and one brother, Don Streety of Lubbock. The family would like to especially thank the nurses, staff and management of Crown Point Health Suites for their endless love, care, and support the past year and a half. Enabling Keith to be with his bride until his last day was a blessing like no other.
The family has requested anyone wishing to donate gifts, send them to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home or the Ropesville Church of Christ.