I was born May 22, 1934, in Gilmer, Texas. My father was Robert M. Hatcher and my mother was Laura Mae Norris Hatcher. I was one of seven children. My siblingâ€™s names are Leonard, Grady, Javine, Aleta Jean, Sandra and Robert. I am preceded in death by both of my parents, two brothers: Leonard and Grady; and one sister: Javine.
I am survived by Aleta Jean Johnson and her husband, Bartus, of Daingerfield, Texas, Sandra Van Buren and husband, Jerry, of Clearwater, Fla., Robert Hatcher and his wife, Carolyn, of Powell, Wyo. I am also survived by my exwife, Anna B. Hatcher, of Roswell. I have three children: Edgar Ray Hatcher Jr., of Roswell, Dee Ann Kobbe of Farson, Wyo., and Robert Louis Hatcher of Roswell.
I have four grandchildren: Trinity Nalin Thomas, Alicia Renee Hatcher, Rebecca Pardo and Robert Louis Hatcher Jr. I also have seven great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. I married Anna B. Doyal in 1951 in Roswell. There, I worked numerous jobs and in 1960 I moved my family to Wyoming. There, I worked in the oil and gas fields, construction and business for myself for the next 12 years and then returned to Roswell. My wife and I divorced after 23 years of marriage.
I started a diesel mechanic business and in 1975, I went to Africa and drilled water wells in the Sahara Desert. Returning state side, I started my own business in Albuquerque, and various other ventures including storage units in Albuquerque and Belen. I retired in 1995 and moved to Conchas Lake. After years of smoking I was stricken with COPD, emphysema and asthma.
I have requested no services and cremation to take place. My cremains will be scattered over my motherâ€™s grave in Roswell at South Park Cemetery. There will be no more â€œstoriesâ€ and â€œonly oneâ€ tale left to be told. Our father passed away from his diseases Dec. 29, 2010, in Tucumcari at Trigg Memorial Hospital after a brief stay there. He was cremated in Clovis, at High Plains Crematory.