SANTA ANNA — Donald ‘Don’ Wayne Cody Sr., of Santa Anna, Texas, was called from his home to the Lord at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.

    Don was born Dec. 22, 1943, in Dallas, Texas, to Elizabeth Wallace Kelley, and Elmo Cody. He attended Andrews High School, and graduated from Permian High School in 1963. He joined the Navy and served his country abroad the USS Saratoga where he received several commendations for outstanding service. He was a loving husband and father. In 1966 he was married to Cloyce Young and just celebrated their 44th aniversary.

    He was survived by his wife, Cloyce Young Cody; two children, Donald W. Cody Jr. and Laura Lee Cody Cotham all of whom he loved and cherished deeply. He was blessed with three grandsons (triplets) Zachariah ‘Zack’ Cody, Isaiah Cody, Joshuah ‘Josh’ Cody, and one Step grandson, Adrien Canales. His mother-in-law, Gladys Hanke Young who loved him as her own; two brothers, ‘Ron’ Ronald D. Cody and Jack Hogan; and two sisters, Cathy Medford and Kirby Thomas .

    Don lived and worked in Odessa, Texas, for 46 years until 2009 when he retired from Sulzer Pumps as a machinist and moved to Santa Anna, Texas.

    Don was a man of truth, trust, loyalty, kindness, a heart full of love, and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed! Ecclesiastes 7:1 says "A good name is better than fine perfume".

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Wallace Kelley; his father, Elmo Cody; his step-father, Robert "Bob" Medford; and his step-brother, Bobby Cody.

    We may grieve but we also celebrate his reunion with our gracious Heavenly Father.

    A special thanks to Phil (Son-in-law) and Jennifer (daughter-in-law) for the the sacrifice they made in their life by letting us spend the last month and a half with our father.

    Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas will be handling the cremation.

    Memorial services to be held at 3 p.m. in the afternoon, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the Assembly of God Church, 300 S. 8th St - Hwy 283, Santa Anna. Don will be laid to rest in the Cody family cemetary in Burkett, Texas, following the memorial service.

    We would love to see you there. It will be a special time spent together remembering the great times he shared with all of us. However, if you are unable to come you can log onto the following website to sign the registry and leave messages: www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.