Billy Charles (Bill) Smith, also known as “Wild Bill” and “Sweet William”, 84, of Amarillo, TX passed into the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ on January 1, 2022.
Memorial Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at First Baptist Church Amarillo, Texas with Dr. Howie Batson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, Texas.
Bill was born in Morton, Texas to Charles Grant Smith and Silvia Ray Smith on February 7, 1937. He spent his childhood in Eunice, New Mexico graduating from Eunice High School in 1956. After graduation he enlisted in the US Airforce in hopes of seeing the world; however, he spent all four years from 1956 to 1960 stationed at Amarillo Air Force Base regardless of how often he applied for a transfer.
He married Sandra Boyd in 1958. They had two children, Debra and Kevin (Butch). He later married Patricia Ann Johnson and helped raise her five children. They were married for 28 years until her death.
Bill began his working career at Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1963 and worked his way up to management by the time of his retirement in 1991. He then went to work at Ross Rogers Golf Course for Sherwin Cox where he worked in the pro shop, was a marshal, and retired as a starter (aka official golf course greeter). While working there he met and fell in love with Carol Coffee Hutchens. They just celebrated 23 years of marriage on December 19, 2021.
Bill loved people and he made so many friends through the Khiva Shriners, golf, church, and square dancing with the Pioneer Promenaders. Besides golf and square dancing, Bill enjoyed football and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and traveling to the mountains. He was a Master Mason for over 50 years and a member of AT&T Pioneers for over 50 years.
Bill is survived by his wife Carol; daughter Debra Pate and husband Virgil; son Kevin (Butch) Smith; brother James Riley Smith of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; sister Bonnie Rogers and husband Michael of Granbury, Texas; granddaughter Kara Walker Kennedy and husband Chad; grandson Trent Walker; and great-granddaughter Pate Kennedy.
Carol’s children – Cari Norton, Brooke Furrh and wife Donna, Misde Shillings and husband Mark; granddaughters Kresha Martinez and fiancé Miguel Morales, and Audrey Furrh; grandsons Trent Carter, Trace Carter and wife Taylor, Kolton Norton and wife Athena, and Jonathan Furrh; great-grandsons Baux Martinez, Adrian Morales, and Cobin Morales; and great-granddaughter Tilleigh Carter.
Patricia’s children – Charles Moore, Melvin Moore, Cindy Wheeler-Reeves, Doug Johnson and Tanya Hanson, their children and grandchildren.
He loved the Lord, loved life and loved teasing everyone. Bill could remember faces, names and phone numbers. Regardless of where he went, he would run into someone he knew.
Memorial Donations to Khiva Temple Travel Fund, Masonic Lodge or First Baptist Church Amarillo.
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