MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: William C. "Billy" Wilson Jr.

Friday, March 21, 2008

William C. "Billy" Wilson Jr.

After a short illness and fifteen years after suffering a heart attack and having a triple bypass operation, William C. "Billy" Wilson Jr. passed away in his sleep, Thursday, March 20th, from heart failure. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, the former Inus Hargrove of Temple, a daughter, Margaret Wilson of Belton, a son, Jeffrey Wilson of Killeen, as well as many other loving relatives and friends.

William Wilson was born on a tenant farm in Bell County Texas in 1922 and grew up picking cotton during the Great Depression along with parents his three brothers. He graduated from Academy High School in 1939 and started college at Temple College, which was then in the basement of Temple High School, sweeping floors there at night to help pay his tuition. After a stint in California as a riveter in a factory making B-25s, he returned to Bell County and joined the Army in 1942.

Because of the few semesters he spent taking college classes he was qualified after enlisting to enter officer training and eventually achieve his dream of becoming a pilot. He was trained to fly B-26s and A-26s and just missed service in the Pacific theatre when the atomic bombs were dropped, stopping his deployment. After the war he spent time in Germany and briefly flew a C-47 in the Berlin Airlift. He ended up spending most of the rest of his professional life in the Air Force, serving a total of 32 years and 9 months, retiring as a Colonel in 1974.

Since then he has played golf (his all consuming passion for 40 years), earned a Masters Degree from Texas Christian University, raised Pugs and fat house cats, and enjoyed the sweet fruits of his many labors in a long and happy retirement along side his family and friends.

He lived a blessed life, lucky in virtually all things, and now goes on to an even greater reward. His many surviving family and friends will miss him terribly but we are comforted to know that others, already passed on to the other side, welcome him with joy to his new life in another realm.

Written by his loving and loyal son,
Jeff Wilson (http://fathairybastard.blogspot.com)

The family receives friends tonight, with a private graveside service Saturday.

14 comments:

Buck said...

You're a good man and a great friend for posting this, Mushy.

Thanks.

Sarge Charlie said...

Nice post Mushy, I did a post also.

Suzanne Lieurance said...

What a nice post.

I'm sure Billy will be long remembered by his family and friends.

pat houseworth said...

Geez, had to delete the first one....what I was trying to say is, I'm saying a prayer for FHB's family, with friends like you Mushy, his memory will last.

"as long as one has family and friends to pass along our memories, we shall never really be gone"

Jeff B said...

Sounds like he had a rich life.

Nice of you to pay your respect to him and his family this way.

Lin said...

Good one, Mushy - you're a doll for being there for him.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Thanks brother. It means a lot.

TexasFred said...

Rest in peace Sir... You surely have earned it...

*Goddess* said...

What a nice tribute;)

Scott from Oregon said...

"He lived a blessed life, lucky in virtually all things..."

That's about all one can ask of a life, isn't it?

And he died peacefully.

I hope to be as lucky.

CrazyCath said...

Hi,
I came over from David's blog after reading a fantastic interview....
... to find I am intruding on grief. So forgive the intrusion and let me just say that it is a truly lovely thing you have done for your friend to post this. It is a great testimony to his relationship with his father.

I went over to FHB's too.

I'll see you again. Hope weekend goes ok for you all.

Mushy said...

No intrusion here...join the family in our fun and our grief...we love the company!

Kevin said...

That was great, Mushy. A life richly lived. May he rest in peace.

BRUNO said...

Nothing to add from me, either. Just to let ya' know I stopped by.

Think I'd better visit Jeff now.