William "Bill" Edward Smith

William “Bill” Edward Smith

November 10, 1930 — November 28, 2018

William “Bill” Edward Smith, 88, of Kingsland, finished a “good run” on November 28, 2018. He was born on November 10, 1930, to Ottis and Elizabeth (Heichelbech) Smith in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Bill was raised in Oklahoma but moved to Eunice, New Mexico during his teens when his family was transferred with his dad’s job. There, he joined the military and served our country in the Unites States Air Force for four years. In 1960, he married the love of his life, Erma Bell, in Eunice, New Mexico. Bill started his career with Phillips Petroleum. He was brilliant and excelled in his work. The company sent him to college where he earned his bachelor’s degree while continuing to work for them. Bill later moved to Odessa where he worked for Permian Basin Planning as the Assistant Regional Director.

Always on the move, Bill served his community in many ways. He was a Mason and a member of the Jaycees and Rotary Club, his latest membership being with the Burnet Rotary Club. He loved to serve others. One of his greatest pleasures was serving food all over the country with the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang, a nonprofit organization who caters local and abroad “spreading the good word of Odessa, TX to as many places as they could get their barbecue pits.”

Bill worked hard and played harder. One of his favorite pastimes was refereeing sports. He loved interacting with the kids. At the football and baseball games, he had no problem keeping up with the players. In fact, he could outrun most of them, including his son – a feat in which he took great pleasure. Later on, he took great joy in watching his grandkids play sports. Bill also loved fishing. He was a member of the Permian Bass Club and enjoyed going to Del Rio, Texas for Permian Bass Club S.I.T. Tournaments at Lake Amistad. Golfing was another of Bill’s pastimes. He often played at Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet. When he could no longer play, he became the Marshal at the golf course.

Bill lived a full and active life for as long as he was able. He was active until he couldn’t be. He worked, served and played every day…until he couldn’t. In his later years, he became disabled with severe neuropathy. While this disease robbed his ability to move, it was not able to dim his vibrant spirit. Bill will be remembered as the big, active, strong man that his family and friends loved and admired. His strength was not only reflected in his size and agility, but also in his heart. Bill’s last words to his son were… “we’ve had a good run.”

Bill is survived by his son Bobby Williams and wife Patti of Kingsland, Texas; brother, Hal Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Whitney Shoemake and husband Randy, Regan Landers and husband Curt, Ryan Williams and wife Lesley, John Wesley Williams, and Christopher Williams; great-grandchildren, Connor and Luke Landers, Braden, Bradley and Jordan Kidwell, and Emily Williams; and numerous extended family members.

He has been reunited with his wife Erma Smith and son Johnny B. Williams, who preceded him in death.

Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, 3435 W. Ranch Road 1431, in Kinsgsland, Texas with Pastor David Henneke officiating. An online registry may be signed at PutnamCares.com.

Bill’s care entrusted to Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639. (325) 388-0008.

 

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