Billy Dean Flowers


Billy Dean Flowers
Billy Dean Flowers

Billy Dean Flowers, 82, of Bushland, TX died on August 21, 2022, at home.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 25, 2022, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Casey Wetsel officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, TX.

Bill was born on April 21, 1940, in Lubbock, TX to WH and Lozeeda Deaton Flowers.

Bill graduated high school in Texline, TX in 1959 and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Education from Eastern New Mexico University.

Bill played college basketball at Amarillo College and in York Nebraska before attending ENMU.

Bill married Marilyn Joan Potts on December 24, 1961, in Farwell, TX.

Bill was a teacher and coach in Amistad, NM where he and Jerry Koehn lead the 1974 girls’ basketball team to their first and only state championship. Once Amistad closed their doors, Bill moved to San Jon, NM and became a superintendent and coach for the next 4 years. Then onto Logan NM where he spent the next 5 years as a superintendent and coach. He finished his education career in NM at Portales where he was the assistant principal for many years. Once he moved to Texas, Bill became a director for Boys Ranch and then went on to be the director of Richards Milburn Academy for 5 years.

Bill enjoyed team roping with many of his dear friends and sons. He loved golfing, drawing, watching his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, and spending time with his family telling jokes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Leslie and Hez Flowers.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Joan Flowers, of Bushland, TX; daughter, Shonda Usrey married to Clint Usrey, of Bushland, TX; son, Clay Flowers, of Artesia, NM; son, Brad Flowers married to Sammie Flowers, of Bushland, TX; 7 grandchildren, Ty Swinney married to Brooks Swinney, of Amarillo, TX, Ashley Ledford married to James Ledford, of Amarillo, TX, Katlyn Butler married to Will Butler, of Stinnett, TX, Kade and Cash Flowers, of Bushland, TX, and Hagen and Cooper Flowers, of Ardmore, OK; 5 great-grandchildren, Rowdy and Hadley Bebout, Tash Williams, and Wyld and Benny Butler.

Bill’s ashes will later be scattered over the place he loved most the O’Neil Ranch at Clapham, NM where he worked in the summers for Harold O’Neil and where his parents resided for many years.

Honorary Pallbearers are Ty Swinney, Kade Flowers, Cash Flowers, and Cooper Flowers.

8 Replies to “Billy Dean Flowers”

  1. I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill was a good friend at Eastern. We had many good times while going to school and knew many of the same people from Clayton and surrounding area. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  2. I worked with Bill at Portales High School. I was fresh out of college and he was my vice principal. He was always helpful, kind, and understanding. I ran into him several times after I left teaching. In every encounter, he was a delight to talk to. He was happy, friendly, and always had a good story to share! My thoughts are with his family. He was one of the good ones!

  3. I’m so sorry to hear the passing of our beloved coach and teacher. So many good times on bus trips, him telling ghost stories. Priceless memories. Praying peace and comfort for you during this time.

  4. I was very saddened to hear of my friend and once “running buddy” Bill Flowers passing of a few days ago! Enjoyed many good times with Bill and his family in and around the Eastern New Mexico area! My basketball teams could never beat his teams all the years we coached at different schools! I will cherish my memories of him and wish nothing but the best for Joanie and the family!

  5. Joan and family
    I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was always a dear friend to me, many memories and laugher with him over the years.
    Prayers for all of your family

  6. Dear Joan and Flowers Family,
    I will be forever grateful that you shared your Papi Bill with me and will remember our fun time together. I will be joyful at a life well lived and a Man loved by so many. His good nature and sense of humor will be with me always. I will pray for your solace at this time and will be with you all on Thursday.
    Mr. Mark

  7. My dear cousin, how well I remember our childhood years snd your mischief. Your mom and dad had to be my very favorite pair among all the Deaton aunts and uncles. They made us all laugh even through the most difficult moments. I am saddened at your loss and the long years we did not share because our lies moved away from one another. As I read your life’s accomplishments I feel proud of you and am not surprised to see the long list. You lived it well. I send my prayers and love to all of your family.
    I am Barbara Deaton McAllister
    We will reminisce someday and laugh as we did long ago!

  8. Dear Joan and family,
    I was very saddened to hear about Billy Dean…….. my Momma (Valeria) always called him by his first and middle name. He and his crazy humor will be sorely missed. He was a life well lived and well loved. Many hugs and prayers as you and your family walk through this very difficult time in your lives.
    Much love to each and everyone of you.
    Renay (Jordan) Mirsky

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