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Memorial Park Funeral Home & Memorial Park Cemetery

6969 East Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX

OBITUARY

Billy James Hatley

September 27, 1928September 3, 2020
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On September 3, 2020 Billy "Bop" James Hatley, loving husband and father of four daughters, peacefully joined his heavenly Father for eternity.

An outdoor funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 2:00 at Memorial Park Cemetery, 6969 I-40 east.

Born September 27, 1928 in Lampasas, Texas to Leonard A. Hatley and Gertrude (Gillispie) Hatley. He graduated from Amarillo High School then proudly served our country in the United States Navy. He married the love of his life Anna "Sis" Guinn on April 10, 1948 and together they raised four daughters, Glenna, Jan, Sandy, and Brenda. He received his teaching certificate from the University of Texas in 1963 and later taught electrical engineering. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason. He was a proud Khiva Shriner and gave back as a Khiva clown. He owned and operated C&S Electric Company for over 30 years.

Bop was a gentleman with honesty and integrity. He led his family with dignity and grace, being a great example of how to be a faithful servant. His family filled his heart with joy. He loved spending time with them and just being everybody's Bop.

Bop showed the same love and kindness to animals as he did people, whether it was his own pet or a hungry stray. His heart was big and full of love for all of Gods creatures. Bop's blood ran silver and blue for his all time favorite team the Dallas Cowboys. For such a quiet man, you could sometimes hear "Hot Dog!" when his boys made a touchdown. His absence in our family will be felt as our patriarch is gone but never forgotten. We will find comfort in knowing that he is in the arms of our loving Father and reunited with beloved Hissy.

Bop was preceded in death by his father Leonard A. Hatley, mother Gertrude Hatley, brother Leon Hatley, sister Evelyn Hatley, and daughter Jan Webster. He is survived by by his daughter Glenna Collins and husband Joel, daughter Sandy Broyles, daughter Brenda Hatley, 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers a donation to Gracie's Pet Project Animal Rescue is appreciated.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Memories

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Catherine Rose

September 18, 2020

Glenna, Joel and family!
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Prayers for all.

Paul Pederson & Catherine Rose

Patricia Tiffin

September 16, 2020

Dear Glenna and Joel

Sorry for the loss of your father. What wonderful memories you will have of him as he lived a interesting life.

Hugs Pat and Grant

Pinka Brown

September 7, 2020

I will hold you in my heart with treasured memories until we meet again. I will think of you and smile because I am thankful for the time we had together. How blessed I was to have you as a grandfather, I love you Bop!
Your granddaughter,
Pinka

Brenda Hatley

September 6, 2020

My dad was the kindest biggest hearted man I have ever known or will know. I’m one of the luckiest daughters in the world to be able to say he was my daddy! My heart is crushed to be without him now but I know he is looking after his girls in heaven. I love you so much daddy and Look forward to being your baby girl in heaven with you!

Sandy Broyles

September 5, 2020

The greatest man I've ever known
I love you Daddy

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Biography

      Billy James Hatley was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Leonard and Gertrude Hatley. Billy was raised in Clarendon and Amarillo, Texas. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Hatley household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Billy was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Billy was raised with two siblings. He had an older brother, Leon and older sister Evelyn. Billy was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Billy and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Billy was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Billy was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Billy developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked fishing. However, what Billy enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Billy as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1945. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. Billy was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Billy always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Billy handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Billy was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Billy was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Billy well during his college experience. He earned his Teaching Certificate.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Billy was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Billy was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Billy to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Wilson, Chunky, Don, and John. Later in life, he remained friends with Wilson and John.

       Compassionate and devoted to "Sis", Billy held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to "Sis" and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Billy brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Billy was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Billy was blessed with four daughters Glenna, Jan, Sandy, and Brenda. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Trase, Tori, Jeeter, Pinka, Misty, Hurley, Kirk, Jaton, and Jesica.

      Billy greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Billy enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Billy was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was an Electrician. He was employed for C and S Electrical which he owned and operated for more than 30 years. Billy worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Billy was an Navy Veteran. Billy saw action for the Korean Conflict. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Billy seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Billy liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Billy always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were water skiing, fishing, and watching his Dallas Cowboys. Billy was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Billy found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Football, especially those Dallas Cowboys!

      Many organizations were grateful to have Billy as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Billy was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Billy was an active member of the Masons, Khiva Shriners, and Sams Club.

      Billy was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of Summitt Baptist. During that time, he was an avid Sunday school teacher. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Billy enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Billy appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Billy always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included camping, Las Vegas, and Hawaii.

      Billy was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Billy’s favorites was Rosie, his beloved dog. They were best friends for 15 years. His family was rounded out by his horses, dogs, and the occasional cat.

      When Billy’s retirement finally arrived in 1991, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved staying in Amarillo with his family. In retirement, he found new pleasure in RVing around with Sis. Even in retirement, Billy continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Billy James Hatley passed away on September 3, 2020 at BSA Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He is survived by his daughters Glenna, Sandy, and Brenda; as well as his nine grandchildren. Services were held at Memorial Park Cemetery's East Mausoleum Chapel. Billy was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery's Garden of Cross with Military Honors.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Billy James Hatley. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.

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