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Wilson “Mitch” Odies Word

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August 2, 1963 - July 18, 2018

Wilson “Mitch” Odies Word, 54, of Lubbock died July 18, 2018 peacefully at home. Mitch was born August 2, 1963 in Levelland, Texas to Charles and Wanda (Bilbrey) Word. His memorial service was held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Abundant Harvest Community Church, 5th and W. Broadway, Brownfield. At an early age he turned his love for sports to writing about them and was an award-winning sportswriter for over twenty years with The Levelland News Press, The Wise County Messenger, and The Brownfield News. He had a passion for music and while attending South Plains College, he toured with the Country Caravan. He sang with various area country and rock bands his entire adult life, and counted local musicians among his closest friends. Anyone who ever heard him sing “Seven Spanish Angels” can attest to his talent. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, starting with the Tom Landry era and he wore his Cowboys jersey religiously, despite the heartache of the last twenty years. Like most Cowboys fans, he had his ups and downs, where a win made him happy and a loss put him into mourning. But he never lost his love for the team. He also loved his family. His children, Brandee, Zach, and Kailey brought him more joy than anything in his life. Whatever other hardships he faced, his love for them kept him going. He is survived by two daughters, Brandee Tells and husband Nathan of Odessa and Kailey Word of Brownfield. Two brothers, Kyle Word and wife Kathy of Abernathy and Owen Roberts and wife Cindy of Benton, Arkansas. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Isabella, Hayden, Emmalynn, Solomon, Liam, and Greyson, and several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Zach, and a a grandson, Ethan.