Our Odessa under $800,000 this week is a home that’s only had two owners — and the first one happened to be longtime Odessa businessman J.W. “Shotgun” Henry.
Henry was the president of Lones Travel, according to a 1973 article in the Odessa American, and D.K.T. Inc., a Coors distributorship. Former Dallas Cowboy Bob Lilly even referred to an encounter with Henry — and this house — in his book, A Cowboys Life: A Memoir.
“In 1964 a Coors distributor invited me to his home in Odessa, Texas,” Lilly wrote of the time in his post-football days when he was contemplating his own beer distributorship. “He was a real character named Shotgun Henry.”
“When I arrived at the Midland-Odessa airport, I was greeted by Shotgun,” he continued. “We got into a car and drove to his home. It was absolutely gorgeous.”
“There was a beautiful swimming pool out back, and the entire property was surrounded by an enormous fence.”
While the swimming pool is no longer there, you can see that both the Henry family and the current owners — the Ward family of T.Y.L. Propane — have taken good care of the home, which is located at 2709 Palo Verde Dr.
While it’s suffering from some serious lack of good photography, you can still see the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath, 7,108-square-foot house has a ton of beauty — the same beauty Bob Lilly saw all those years ago.
A gorgeous, window-lined great room brings in a ton of natural light. The eat-in kitchen has beautiful granite countertops, and the bathrooms appear to be recently updated, too. The formal living room has beautiful finishes, and there is a separate formal dining room as well.
The home features a wood-burning fireplace and a sun room. There is also a workshop for hobbies or storage. And it’s beautifully landscaped.
The listing is with Virgil Trower of Trower Realtors.