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Leo Fulton Popwell

Leo Fulton Popwell, 94, of Wellington, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.


Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in North Fairview Cemetery with Keith Martin officiating. Arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.

Leo Fulton Popwell


Leo was born to Fulton Fuller Popwell and Iona Narcisia Carpenter Popwell on Sept. 6, 1927, at Coon Creek in Harmon County, Okla. In 1929, he moved to Collingsworth County with his family at the age of two on land they bought from Mr. Hughes, of Mill Iron Ranch, in the Midway community. He attended schools in the Midway community and Wellington.


Leo raised cattle, farmed, had a trucking business, traded farm equipment and was co-owner of Popwell, Inc. Custom Harvesting with his son Eddie, harvesting from South Texas to Montana. Leo was inducted into the U.S. Custom Harvesters Hall of Fame in 2001. He took great pride in his work and worked hard all his life.


Even though work was important to Leo, he was very devoted to his family. He especially enjoyed the large family gatherings and annual Carpenter family reunion. This was a good time to show off his Forty-Two Domino skills. He was hard to beat.


Leo married Maricarol Black on June 18, 1950. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage. She preceded him in death in 2001. On July 15, 2004, Leo married LaDell Chandler Maxwell.


He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lloyd Popwell; his sister, Thelma Rogers; and two daughters, Janice Popwell and Rose Mary Popwell Throne Hogg.


Leo is survived by his wife, LaDell Popwell; one son, Eddie Popwell and wife Pam, of Wellington; two daughters, June Clay and husband Kirk, of Shamrock, and Peggy Allred and husband Don, of Wellington; two stepsons, Randall Maxwell and wife Ellen, of Independence, Mo., and Ken Maxwell, of Wellington; eight grandkids, Shannon Bink and husband John, of Bentonville, Ark., Amanda Davis and husband Gary Don, Shane Popwell and wife Dawn and Heath Popwell, all of Wellington, Stormy Tollison and husband John, of Sawyer, Okla., Kendra Hedrick and husband Tanner and Taylor Allred and wife Rebecca, both of Wellington, and Lindsay Gillian and husband Case, of Lubbock; seven step grandkids, Randie Warren and husband Brian, of Amarillo, Andrew Maxwell and wife Pam, of Seattle, Wash., Joseph Maxwell and Julie Maxwell, both of Independence, Mo., Tina Souder and husband Lee, of Wellington, Jeromy Hunter and wife Jaime, of Amarillo, Justin Hunter and Alicia, of Childress; and numerous great grandkids.


We will never think of Leo without remembering him saying, “You ain’t wrong.”


The family suggests that memorials be made to the Wellington Cemetery Association, P.O. 321, or to Wellington EMS, P.O. Box 544, both at Wellington, Texas 79095.


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