Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Military rites are by VFW Post #430. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Billy was born November 5, 1931, in Hunter, Arkansas to Birtis Acton and Rachel Reneau. He married Kathryn Mae Davis on Oct. 17, 1951. After graduating from Amarillo High School, Billy joined the Marine Corps in February 1949. He served during the Korean Conflict War and Peacetime. He was wounded in action and received three Purple Hearts and the Korean Service Medal. He faithfully and honorably retired from the Marine Corps in January 1955. Sergeant Acton was a proud member of the VFW Post 4818 and served as Post Commander for 2 years. Billy and Kathy loved being around their children, teaching them to dance, play sports and win at poker. Most of all they taught their family the value of family togetherness – to love and rely on each other and create good times.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Acton and son, Billy Acton, Jr.
Survivors include his children, Lorraine “Tootie” and Jim Sandoval of Hereford, Barry Acton of Amarillo, Cindy Acton and Kim Judd, both of Lubbock; his grandchildren, BD Acton Ware, Lizzie and Bryan Mason, Kara Daniel, Blake Acton, Brody Acton, and Marlar John Acton, all of Amarillo, and Chad Sandoval of Jonesboro, Ark.; his great-grandchildren, Bryson Ware, Payton Ware, Gabrielle Mason, Caroline Mason, Faith Underwood, Brayden Daniel, and Corie Acton, all of Amarillo.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to WTAMU for the Greater Texas Foundation-Kathryn Davis Acton, RN Removing Educational Barriers Scholarship. Billy was often cared for by his wife and supported the establishment of a scholarship in 2008, to honor Kathryn Davis Acton’s dedication to him as well as the nursing profession.
Make donations in the name of: The Greater Texas Foundation-Kathryn Davis Acton, RN Removing Educational Barriers Scholarship Department of Nursing, WTAMU Foundation, West Texas A&M University, P.O. Box 60766 Canyon, Texas 79016 or call Faith Hoelscher 806-651-2645.