Earline Avants Sheats passed away peacefully at home in Bangs on July 6, 2018 at the age of 88, after a brief battle with brain cancer. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11 at First Baptist Church in Bangs with Dr. Pepper Dill officiating.

Earline donated her body to UT Southwestern Medical Center.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1930 in a farm house in Marlin, to Clyde and Rosene Springfield Broome. She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1947. She would tell you she just barely escaped — not a student like her sister. Her mother made Earline move to Dallas immediately after graduating “to make something of herself.”

She married Warnell Fain Avants at White Settlement Baptist in Fort Worth on Oct. 28, 1949. She never worried about marrying someone with money, but she wanted someone who had a great sense of humor and a big heart. She would always say she married Warnell because he was funny, made her laugh, and had a huge heart.

She worked her entire life and made friends everywhere she went. She was “Mother” to many, had a heart full of love, and always loved taking care of everyone, especially the boys. To know her was to love her. She had a way of making you feel comfortable and before you left, she would know your life story. Earline was kind and sincere and never met a stranger. She was a classic, and a true lady with a generous heart. She leaves behind a legacy of love and good deeds. She worked for oil companies her entire career and retired in October 1999 from Hunt Petroleum in Dallas. Even after retirement, she would come in and work when they needed her. She enjoyed working extra so she could keep in touch with the young people. She moved to Bangs in 2010 from Oak Cliff where she had lived since 1980.

Earline was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Kenneth and William Broome.

She is survived by two sisters, Bonnie Hunter of Austin and Nelda Masey of Bangs; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

She will be missed by all those who were privileged to know her. And it was indeed a privilege.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Bangs Children’s Ministry or a favorite charity of your choice.