Warden William Mayes Jr. died on Sept. 30, 2020.

He was born Sept. 13, 1928 in Frisco, Texas to Warden William Mayes Sr. and Irene Louise Sonntag Mayes Hodges.

The family moved to Fort Stockton in 1929. Two sisters were born in Fort Stockton: Nancy Jean Mayes Boren Cook and Mary Louise Mayes Crim.

Warden attended public schools and graduated from Fort Stockton High School in 1947. He attended San Angelo Junior College and Sul Ross State College.

In October of 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea until July 1952. He was a platoon sergeant with the 49 th artillery unit.

Upon his return from Korea, he married Delia Jean Covington and enrolled in Texas A&M in College Station, where he graduated in 1956 with a B.S. in chemical engineering.

Warden was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, German Texan Heritage Society, Lake Highlands United Methodist Church-Friendship Class and Lampasas United Methodist Church.

He was employed by the Texas Highways Department in Fort Stockton, Cosden refinery in Big Spring, American Petrofina in Dallas, Nimer Petroleum in Dallas, and he was the president of the OPT Engineering in Dallas. Warden also was the holder of several patents.

Family members include his wife, Delia Jean, of 67 years; two sons, Brian and Rex (wife Mary); two grandsons, Matthew and Ryan; three stepbrothers, Delmon, Billy (deceased) and Jim Hodges (deceased); stepfather Powell Hodges (deceased); five brothers-in-law, Bob Covington (deceased), Jack Covington, Kent Covington, Joe Cook and Sterling Crim (deceased); father-in-law, Milton Covington (deceased); and mother-in-law, Mattie Covington (deceased).

Graveside services will be for family members at Fairmont Cemetery in San Angelo on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. Attendance is discouraged due to COVID-19 risks. Arrangements are coordinated through Forrest Park East Funeral Home in Webster, Texas.