William B. Abbott
William B. "Bill" Abbott of Pipe Creek passed away early Thursday, Feb. 27, at his home with his wife and family by his side. He was born in Cullman, Alabama, on Jan. 8, 1934 to Wesley T. Abbott and Delphia I. Kilgo.
Bill married Lilly Faye Williams March 20, 1990 in Bandera, where he lived after retiring from the United States Air Force in April 1972.
A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, he proudly served as a flight engineer tech prior to retiring. Bill loved telling stories about his duties and his "bird" of choice, a C-130 Hercules aircraft. He loved flying and at one time owned an airplane, which he used to fly his family between their grandparents' homes in Oklahoma and Alabama.
While serving with the Bandera Chamber of Commerce, Bill helped organize local events. He also served the Bandera United Methodist Church as chairman of trustees and was instrumental in organizing many events and activities for the congregation.
Bill is survived by his wife, Faye Abbott; stepdaughter Cheryl Turner and her husband, Ray, of Pipe Creek; stepson Paul "Buster" Williams and his wife, Teresa, of San Antonio; daughters, Sherry Abbott and Linda Abbott-Mitchell of Wichita Falls; and Connie Pritchard and her husband, Royce, of Wichita Falls; and son Peace Officer Jeffery Abbott of Yorktown.
Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Randall Loudamy and his wife, Melissa, of Stillwater Oklahoma; Stacy Loudamy of Austin; Derek and Audri Naranjo of Wichita Falls; Jessica, Christopher and Jacob Abbott of Yorktown; John Williams and his wife, Janell, of Bandera; and Austin Williams, who is proudly serving in the US Navy on the USS Ronald Reagan, as well as by his much-beloved great-granddaughter Kambri Laine Loudermilk, daughter of Audri.
Bill was predeceased by his mother and father; brothers, Carroll and Edwin Abbott of Alabama; and nephew Timothy Abbott.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 4, at the Bandera United Methodist Church with pallbearers, Jeffery Abbott, Buster Williams, John Williams, Ray Turner, Royce Pritchard and Victor Farias. Honorary Pallbearers were Sully Woodland, Jerry Word and Jerry Alexander.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, March 5, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the outstanding care rendered by the ICU team at University Hospital in San Antonio, with a special thanks to Sean Moore, RN, who went above and beyond to take care of Bill; CIMA Hospice and in-home nurses, Erica and Ashley; and Jo-Anne Plansker of Alternative Healthcare.
Memorials may be made to Bandera United Methodist Church of Bandera and the Disabled Veterans Association.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.