Oil Information Library of Fort Worth
Where Research Meets Prospects

In Memoriam

Champions of OIL

We thank these and many others who have supported the Library.  

Roy Raphael English Jr.                OIL Steward and Librarian 1991 - 2014

Roy Raphael English, Jr., 82, passed quietly into the arms of his Christ and Savior, early Sunday morning, March 7, 2017, at the West Side Campus of Care where he had resided for over a year. Roy was born in Glen Rose, Texas September 14, 1934 to Roy English, Sr. and Bertha English. At Roy’s request he will be cremated and his ashes spread over the Pacific Ocean. Request any donations in lieu of flowers and cards be made to the Fort Worth Oil & Gas Library in his name. Roy was a Man who was gentle,humorous, a gentleman, kind, compassionate, and very intellectual.

He graduated as Valedictorian from Glen Rose High School. He enjoyed playing the piano and singing in that rich and beautiful Alto in his church and other places, and latterin life listening to Opera. Roy moved to Fort Worth and for a few years worked as a Clerk for the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad. Eventually Roy joined the Air Force and after 6 month education at the Army Language School became a Russian Linguist followed by a one year assignment on Wakkanai Island of Japan as a Radio Voice   Intercept Operator.  That assignment was followed by nine more months of Russian language education at Syracuse University in New York. Upon completion of those studies he declined an invitation to remain as an Instructor and returned to Wakkanai for another year duty.

Upon completion of his Air Force enlistment Roy attended UT Austin where he studied Geology, his one love paramount above his music, studying religion from its roots to the present, and helping others. Roy’s knowledge of Geology eventually led him to a position of Librarian in the Fort Worth Oil & Gas Library where he created a top notch, invaluable source of Information and research to the oil & gas industry for the last 22 years of his working life, prior to retirement in 2015. His Library was Roy’s life, his family, his dream.

 The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to those Friends who visited   Roy in the Nursing home, to the wonderful caring staff at West Side Campus of Care,and the wonderful, compassionate staff of Magnolia Hospice. Roy was preceded in death by his Father Roy, Sr., his Mother Bertha English, and younger Brother Joe Roger English.

Survivors: Brother, George English of Fort Worth, and numerous Nephews and Nieces in Fort Worth, North Carolina, Granbury and other locations.

Robert McReynolds

Robert Robert McReynolds, Geophysicist, Geologist, passed away February 19, 2017, at the age of 89 in Dallas, Texas. He was the son of Allen and Sallie Lou Tomberlin McReynolds. He was born in Tulia, Texas on December 18, 1927, but grew up in Muleshoe, Texas. Robert (Bob, Mac) served in the Army Air Force 1946-1949. He was stationed in San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Okinawa, Tokyo and Chitose Japan. He graduated from Texas Tech with a BS degree in 1952. He worked for Atlantic Refining Company 1952-1960, and then moved his family to Dallas Texas. He worked for Geophysical Services Inc., Seismic Engineering, and Mobil International before founding his company, Seismic Exploration Consulting Services. Robert belonged to AAPG, Dallas Geological Society, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, and VFW. He never retired, but continued his passion for finding oil. Before passing away, he donated his seismic data, oil library, and office equipment to Oil Information Library of Fort Worth. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elaine Harrison McReynolds, son Kerry McReynolds (Karen), daughter Tracy McReynolds Hancock (John), seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, one nephew, and three nieces. He is predeceased by his sister, Zoe McReynolds Miller, and his niece, Ginger Miller Scott.

Clayton Valder:  The Driving Force behind the Library's Beginning

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