DOUGLAS, Billy Don "Bill" was born on September 10, 1933 in Poynor and died peacefully on March 20, 2017 at his home after a lengthy illness. His parents were William Silas Douglas and Elsie Pagitt Douglas.
He attended La Poynor High School. After graduation, Bill worked with his beloved father in the family business in Taos, New Mexico, logging timber for military contracts. As war production ramped up, Bill was drafted into the Army, where he served his country post-WWII as a tank mechanic stationed in Germany, patrolling the Czechoslovakian border. After two years of service in the armed forces, Bill returned to logging timber with his father and brother. During winter months, the Douglas family managed their cattle ranching operation in Poynor. Ranching became Bill's primary focus in the 1960s, while amassing a sizable herd, and branching out into adjacent Texas markets.
After retiring from the cattle business, Bill was widely known as a skilled handyman, and was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Frankston.
"Pop" loved spending time tinkering in his shop. He also treasured road trips with his son and grandsons, and the entire family enjoyed many "projects" with Pop.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Douglas; his two children, W. Dave Douglas and wife Lea Anne of Poynor, and Gaye Douglas Schoenbrun and husband Ron of Tyler; brother, Benny Douglas and wife Donna of Coffee City; four grandchildren, Adam and Brad Douglas, Elizabeth and Jack Schoenbrun; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Pop's caregivers, Diana Caldwell, Kelly Jacobs and Amy Ficco. With their presence in our lives, we were blessed beyond measure, and comforted by their extraordinary care for, and love of, our special Pop.
Visitation with the family will be held at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston from noon until the service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill's memory to Hospice of East Texas at 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701.
Published on March 21, 2017