Billy Ray Swope May 17, 1930 ~ June 8, 2013
May 28, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
Bill graduated from Killeen ISD class of 1949. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Ma’Joyce Rivers on February 19, 1955. Upon his return from Korea, he worked at the Killeen National Bank in Killeen. He then applied to the Texas Game Commission Game Warden and was hired and assigned to Llano County for the fall hunting season of 1956. He attended game warden training program at Texas A & M, graduating in May 1957. He was reassigned to Llano County and enjoyed twenty-three years of enforcing the state of Texas game and fish laws. He was respected by all land owners, hunters and some of the violators. He proved to be a very effective representative for the department. He retired from service in 1980.
In retirement, he was happy to devote his time to livestock and horses. He trained ponies for polo activity for owners and enjoyed participating in that sport on a pleasure basis. It has been said by many that Bill ”had the hands for horse handling”. In his teen years, he worked with veterinarian Darrel Sprott in Bell County and this influenced his life and nurtured his love of horses. He also enjoyed the sport of team roping and other rodeo sports. Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cherokee.
Bill is survived by his wife Ma’Joyce Swope of Llano and daughter, Donna Swope of Llano, sister, LaNelle Carlisle of Harker Heights, niece Carolyn Martin, nephew Bob Carlisle, and a very special caregiver Nikki and her family.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Mary Jane Bruce and J. Henry Swope, and Florence Cook and Lee Tillman Gentry.
Memorial services and a celebration of Bill’s life will be held in July, date to be decided later. Inurnment will be in Baby Head Cemetery in Llano County.
Cremation arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, 325.388.0008
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