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First Christian Church
1900 Goat Creek Rd.
Kerrville, TX  78028
Monday, July 8, 2024
10:00 AM
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Dock Wilton Sewell

of Kerrville, TX

November 12, 1934 - June 30, 2024

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Dock Wilton Sewell, retired educator, age 89 of Kerrville, TX, died June 30, 2024, in Kerrville, TX. He was born the youngest of six children in Uvalde, TX, on November 12, 1934, to Clayton ''C.C.'' and Annie (Reeves) Sewell.

The Sewell Family moved to Mulberry, AR, in 1937; one-year later, they moved back to Texas landing on a farm in Montague County, near Nocona, where Dock's father day-worked for farmers in the area for 50 cents, 75 cents and sometimes, as much as $1.00 per day. Later, they moved to Ringgold, TX, and C.C. worked for Montague County as a road equipment operator. In September 1940, Dock (five-years-old) started to school, but was sent home two-weeks later, because he was too young and immature. In August 1941, the Sewell family moved to Electra, TX, where Dock started to school at North Ward Elementary; he fondly remembered marching, with other students, to the flag pole, every morning, where they said the The Pledge of Allegiance, extending their right-arms toward the US Flag, palms-up (Bellamy Salute). Patriotism was extremely important during that time and remained that way to him throughout life. Dock attended Electra Schools till 1947 when the family moved to Andrews, TX, where he went through the seventh grade. One-year later, the family moved to Levelland, TX, and Dock finished his public school education when he graduated in 1953.

After working in the oilfield two-years, Dock attended college and played football at Northwestern Oklahoma in Alva during the 1955-56 school year. In June 1956, he went to work for Dowell (Division of Dow Chemical Company) in McCamey, TX. In September 1957, Dock met a pretty young lady named Patti Coomer, on a blind date, and on May 29, 1959, they eloped and were married in Ardmore, OK.

Patti offered to work and send Dock to college, and when he graduated, she would go to college. So, in 1960, they moved to Denton, where Dock enrolled in North Texas State University; one-year later, they moved to Austin (where jobs were more plentiful); Patti worked for a doctor and Dock worked at St. Stephens School as a part-time coach and P.E. teacher and entered Texas University. In August 1963, Dock graduated from UT and became a teacher/coach at Fort Stockton Junior High School. In the summer of 1965, Patti enrolled in Sul Ross University, and Dock began work on a Master's degree. That fall, Dock accepted a teaching/coaching job with Archer City ISD, and Patti entered Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, TX. The next summer found Dock and Patti back in Alpine going to school; Patti worked in the library at Sul Ross, and they became dorm directors for Smith Hall. Dock taught five-P.E. classes, ran the intramural program, worked as a counselor, at Alpine High School, one-morning a week was a fulltime graduate student at Sul Ross; he graduated, May 1967, with a master's degree in counseling. They moved to San Marcos where Dock became a vocational counselor at Camp Gary Job Corps, and Patti entered Southwest Texas State University; she graduated in 1968 and became a sixth-grade teacher at Geronimo ISD.

In 1969, Dock and Patti moved to Iraan, TX, where Patti became a second-grade teacher, and Dock was the school's counselor. Their adopted son, Dee, was born two-weeks after they moved to Iraan making it a special place in their hearts.

In 1972, the family moved back to Fort Stockton where Dock was employed as Head Counselor at FSHS, and Patti became a third-grade teacher at Comanche Elementary. Dock remained at FSHS and became Student Services Director in 1981, retiring from FSISD in January, 1993.

After retiring, he drove a wrecker for Harper Caldwell Wrecker Service and Cary Lannom Wrecker Service. Dock continued to pursue his interest in technology by working as an internet service provider for Bill Brooks. Photography became a hobby for him as well as building and maintaining websites for McCamey, Fort Stockton and Levelland Ex-Students.

Dock and Patti moved to Odessa, TX, in 2001. Bethany Christian Church became a big part of their lives; Dock enjoyed serving on the board of directors, was church photographer, webmaster and property chairman at Bethany. Also, he was a regular member of the Gold-Cup Coffee Drinkers at What-A-Burger and later Taco Villa.

In 2011, Dock and Patti decided to move to Kerrville so they could be near their son, Dee, who lived in Ingram; they sold their home in Odessa, bought a house in Kerrville and scheduled the move for August 17th. However, Dee died of a heart-attack on July 31st.; so, the couples' lives were forever altered. They decided to make the move to Kerrville, anyway, because of Dee's love for The Hill Country. They became members of the First Christian Church. Dock joined The Hill Country Camera Club and especially enjoyed drinking coffee with The Amazing Grays at McDonalds on Highway 27.

Dock was a founding member of Texas Professional Educators; he loved people and especially his former students. He was a strict but forgiving disciplinarian.

Dock was preceded in death by his son, Dee Dock Sewell; his parents; three-sisters, Edith Poeck, Thurl Scaglione, Irene Luttrell; and his only brother, Rip Sewell.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patti (Coomer) Sewell; sister, Wanda Maupin, Lubbock, TX; three grandchildren, Lauryn Jimenez (Troy) of Fort Worth, TX, Tyler Sewell of Fort Stockton, Lindy Sewell of Kerrville, TX; and five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Thomas and Austin Green of Kerrville and Triston and Vivian Jimenez of Fort Worth; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2024, at First Christian Church in Kerrville.

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8 Condolence(s)
Irene Ayala
Kerrville, TX
Monday, July 15, 2024

My deepest condolences to the family. Thank you for being a great person to me Doc. Thank you for all the years as a customer and friend. You will be missed.
May you forever rest in peace.

Dorothy A Rosson
Kerrville, TX
Sunday, July 7, 2024

So sorry to hear of Dock's passing. Such a kind and wonderful man, with a big heart and always smiling. I know he will be sorely missed. Keeping you and your family in thoughts and prayers, Patti.

Mary Ellen Ibarra
fort stockton, TX
Saturday, July 6, 2024

my deepest condolences patti
i learned a lot from Dock
he was a very nice person.
love and Hugs
secretary of Apache School for 28 years
i think Dock and I retired the same year
Mary Ellen Ibarra

Connie White
Amarillo, TX
Saturday, July 6, 2024

Words can’t express how much Dock and Patti have meant to me and my family. Dock has touched so many with his generosity and caring soul! May he rest in peace! My thoughts and prayers are with you Patti!

Grace and Tom Rogers
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, July 4, 2024

Patti, We send to you and your family our deepest condolences. Dock was such a special man, and was loved by all of us who went to Levelland High School in the 1950's. He was our lynchpin who kept us informed and together through the years despite the distances which separated us. That last time we shared ice cream and good conversation at Braum's in Levelland is forever a cherished memory, amongst so many. Farewell, dearest friend. You were one of a kind, and one of the finest men we ever knew. Forever, Gracie

Miguel Leyva
Austin, TX
Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Thank You for all the memories. Fly High Mr. Swell, you are back with your boy, Dee, give him a big huge for us.

Bruce McFadden
Kerrville, TX
Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Patti, you had something special with Dock. You two were quite the “item” as they used to say. Dock was true to his nature all the way through. I’m proud to have been a student of his but most importantly a friend. Dock is not only in your past but your future. That’s the reward for being faithful Christians. The circle won’t be broken.

Irma Chavez
Fort Stockton, TX
Tuesday, July 2, 2024

My condolences for a respectful man. My prayers and hugs for all