OBITUARY

Bill Berry "Butch" Wilcox

March 31, 1942May 28, 2018
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Bill Berry "Butch" Wilcox, age 76, of Burnet passed away Monday, May 28, 2018, in Round Rock. Bill was born March 31, 1942, in Cisco, to G.W. Wilcox and Faye Rowe Wilcox. Bill graduated Cisco High School with the Class of 1960. He went on to attend and graduate from Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science in Dallas. He and his wife Janice, along with their two daughters Ginger and Melissa, moved to Burnet when they purchased the funeral home from Gene Clements in 1969. Later the funeral home was built in 1975 in Marble Falls. Bill was a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Texas for over fifty years and was very proud to have received his fifty year pin from the Texas Funeral Directors Association a few years ago.

Along with his professional accomplishments Bill was active in his community. He served two terms as the Mayor of the City of Burnet as well as terms on the Burnet City Council. While serving as Mayor he was instrumental in getting Delaware Springs Golf Course built as well as the construction of the Ellen Halbert Unit that would later employ many in the Burnet area. Bill was a former member and past President of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, former member and director of the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association and one of the organizers of the first Burnet All Class Reunion held now every five years. Bill was and member of Valley Lodge #175 A.F. and A.M. and Vanderveer Street Church of Christ. During the past few years Bill was passionate in the honoring and recalling the life of J.V. "Pinky" Wilson, author and composer of the Texas Aggie War Hymn. He and Aggie friends worked long and hard to raise funds for the erection of a statue and monument honoring Pinky's life.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Betty Russ and one brother Bill Stratton. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Janice Wilcox of Burnet, daughters Ginger Wilcox-Riley and fiancé Chris Wilson of Burnet and Melissa Blaylock and son-in-law Wilson of Hammond, LA., grandson Ty Riley of Burnet and his son by choice Eddie Snider of Burnet. He is also survived by three sisters- in- law Tiffani Bolin and spouse Belinda Sessions of Alaska, Phyllis Howard of Burnet and Carol Brown of Magnolia, TX. There are also numerous cousins, other relatives, and friends who mourn his passing.

The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, in the chapel of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet with Mr. Tim Denton officiating. A private family entombment will follow at the Wilcox Family Mausoleum at Post Mountain Cemetery in Burnet.

In place of usual remembrances the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hill Country Community Foundation in memory of Bill Wilcox, P.O. Box 848, Burnet, TX 78611. Words of comfort can be shared with the family online at www.clementswilcoxburnet.com. Service under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.

  • FAMILY

  • Janice Wilcox, Wife
  • Ginger Wilcox-Riley, Daughter
  • Chris Wilson, Fiancé
  • Melissa Blaylock, Daughter
  • Wilson Blaylock, Son-in-law
  • Ty Brooks Riley, Grandson
  • DONATIONS

  • Hill Country Community Foundation

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 1, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Entombment
REMEMBERING

Bill Berry "Butch" Wilcox

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Belinda Sessions

July 10, 2018

Butch-
Thank you for the leadership, love and guidance you have shown the family. You have truly been a steadfast pillar through the years and you have influenced the lives of more people, both inside the family and within the community, than many people realize. Your legacy will live on in all of us who loved you.

I will miss your funny stories and sense of humor. Rest in peace.
With love, Belinda (Bo) Sessions

Tiffani Bolin

July 10, 2018

Butch,

It is hard to believe that you are really gone from this world. However, I know that you are with your family & ours that have gone before you.

You were like a father to me through my younger years as well as my adult years. I always looked up to you & Janice and still do. You both instilled the importance of being myself & I will always have that.

You may be gone, but like those before you “ you will never be forgotten”.

I love & miss you!


Melissa Rees Wilcox

July 5, 2018

Daddy

Thank you for being a great dad!
AND
Thank you for the pennies from heaven!!

I wil keep singing to you until we meet again.
Daddy Frank, Seven Spanish Angels
Ya'll Come Back Saloon, Okie from Muskogee
The Road Goes On Forever, Suzie Q
Fightin' Side of Me, Luckenbach, Texas
Folsom Prison Blues, Suspicious Minds......

Ginger G. Wilcox

July 3, 2018

Daddy we all miss you so much still so hard to believe. I still think at times you will walk in Funeral Home to check on us. The past few years I would not have missed all the puzzles, games, boat rides etc. We had so many fun times and great memories. You were the best dad ever and my best friend. I miss the dancing, singing, so much. I never dreamed my last dance would have been on your birthday this year. I cherish every moment I had with you. I think about you every day and at times I just cry but they are happy tears. Until we meet again. I love you so much.

CB Rust

June 25, 2018

I just recently found out that Butch had passed away. He was a friend that I wish I had spent more time with. When we all lived in Cisco, he became a close friend to my dad, who I think helped steer him into the funeral business (we owned Rust Funeral Home at the time). My dad, who died in 1980, really thought a lot of Butch also. We often crossed paths with Butch in the old ambulance days; Butch worked for the "other" funeral home, but friendship recognizes no competitive boundaries. I still remember a couple of stories of those times that are priceless.
C.B. Rust

Betsy Frazier

June 14, 2018

Aunt Jan,
I have such fond memories of Uncle Butch!!!! I remember as a child traveling by car to visit Mama G, Daddy G and you and Uncle Butch. I remember going to see the cattle, and going to rodeos. I also remember going coon hunting with Daddy G. I remember Uncle Butch was such a generous and thoughtful man. He was always there to help us in whatever way we needed. I remember going to ya'lls house next to the funeral home. For some reason I remember him showing us the hole in the floor where you kept valuables. Uncle Butch will always have such a warm place in my heart forever. I will never forget him. He was the only brother that Mom kept in touch with. He reminds me so much of Mom. I know they are together in heaven now and that makes me happy. Aunt Jan, please let me know if I can do anything for you. We are here for you at any time. God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.

david coan

June 13, 2018

I just learned of Bill's passing and want to let you know that we are sorry that we did not know sooner. Bill and I were friends from childhood. I will cherish the memories I have of him. May God be with you in this time of grief. David Coan

Janice Wilcox

June 6, 2018

Butch, I miss you terribly. The last two years of your life we were together all the time - day and night. It was a fun time and a sad time but a good time. I’ll love you forever and.......I wouldn’t have missed the ride! Janice

Jimmie Cottle

June 3, 2018

My heart goes out to the Wilcox family. I will always remember Bill as a caring and outgoing person.
And those stories........ Bill had a million of them and he could tell them in such a way
that you really believed what he was telling until the punch line hit you. God be with
you and richly bless you with a peace and comfort that only He can give. I love ya'll.

James " Sonny " Kennedy

June 1, 2018

I was fortunate enough to live next door to Butch for a few years in the early 1950's. Even though we were just two little friends growing up in a small town I knew then that he was a different kind of friend as he seemed to really care about you. Apparently I was right as he continued blessing all he met with his genuine caring ways. May God bless his entire family at this time and in the future.

Biography

Bill Berry Wilcox, known to some as Butch, was “Little Butchie” to his mom and she believed he could do no wrong. He was born in Cisco, Texas on March 31st 1942. He was the son of Faye & G.W. Wilcox. He was the greatest man I have ever known and he was would have given you the shirt off his back. He never met a stranger. Everywhere we went, he would always run into someone he knew. We were vacationing in Las Vegas, and I said Daddy we have not ran into anyone from Cisco and low and behold I hear a man say, “Well, there is Bill Wilcox.” it was a childhood friend from Cisco that lived down the street. We could not believe it!!! This is also where Bick got her tattoo and mom and daddy discovered it in Jamaica months later. It which was life changing for Daddy!!
He took me and Bick everywhere. Whether it was taking us to the Johnny Cash concert where I sat on his shoulders so I could see better (how I loved the man in Black) to singing in the car to dancing at the Cadillac Bar, he enjoyed life. They broke the mold when God made Daddy.
Daddy was the man of our family in more ways than one. He was obviously our daddy, but he took care of everyone in the family. From his parents to my aunts Tiff, Etta and Phyllis, and my grandmother Mimi, he was the father they never had, and was the rock and foundation of our family.
He really enjoyed living in a small town, and especially in Burnet. Clements-Wilcox Funeral Homes were some of the most important things in his life. He loved these places dearly, always worrying about everyone and wanting to make sure all the families were taken care of. We are a big family here and that was so important to Daddy. My brother Ed has been with us since 1970…from the start. We truly grew up as funeral home kids, from playing in the casket warehouse, to shooting pool, to throwing darts and pushing each other down the hallways in wheel chair!!! We lived next door to the funeral home for over 35 years. I think half of the Burnet kids grew up here and worked for Daddy at some point in their life. Growing up room 22 at the Highlander was the poker place, daddy could never turn us down if we popped in always good place to be if we ever needed a little spending money!! This is where the daily weekly poker game starter. Actually started in our back yard at the Little house in 1969!!! Then he was a member of the Wednesday night prayer meeting at Eddie Shells, and other “prayer meetings” about town.
He was very proud of his only grandson Ty and they shared so many fun times. Daddy took him on many weekend trips all across the states and to Cisco Football Games. He adored Ty. When they were in Tennessee Pop was filling his truck up with diesel and Ty said, “Pop the green handle in Tennessee is gas not diesel”. Pop said oh no. I know as usual he did it his way and continued to pump the gas in his diesel truck and low and behold they pull out onto Elvis Presley parkway and the truck died in the middle of intersection!!! Pop got up on the hood and started directing traffic. Ty could not believe it!!! He said don’t tell anyone about this and few minutes later I get a call from Bryan Kinsey and Daddy had called him to get a wrecker in Tennessee to come get them. He would be so proud of Ty going to A&M this fall. He can tell all on campus about ole Pinkey Wilson, the author of the Aggie War Hymn.
Growing up in Burnet with Bill Wilcox was quite a experience. Bick and I could not go anywhere do anything without it getting back to Daddy. If you were not home by a certain time there he was, driving to the pasture party in that white Cadillac to retrieve us!!!
A few months ago he took his last ride in his 55 Nomad the car of his dreams!!! He got all dressed up and walked up to the top lot where the Nomad was and unplugged the charger which he left dangling and drove off in it!! We all panicked; mom called and we all got in vehicles and headed that way. Chris called the police and said Bill Wilcox is out in the Nomad!!! I get up to the straight away on the road to the lake house and there is daddy in front of all the traffic, his elbow hanging out the window. He was having the time of his life. He drove down to the house and parked in the carport and one last time he revved the engine with the biggest smile on his face. I asked him, “Daddy, where are you going?” and he simply said…dancing.
His favorite happy place was his “Y’all Come Back Saloon.” He loved entertaining and having guests out to the lake house. He was the biggest country and western fan and loved singing and dancing to the juke box. So many stories and jokes, and tricks we all heard and saw hundreds of times like the Diesel Fitter joke and the famous trip to Wyoming and belt trick!!!
The road goes on forever and Bill Wilcox’s party will never end!!!! Thank you for being our daddy and our favorite dance partner. I will miss you so much. We Love you forever and always. Ginger & Bick

From Ty to Pop

Well I always knew Pop’s funeral would be big since every single trip we made he knew somebody. On one of are trips we went to Pagosa Springs in Colorado and I knew for a fact this time he wouldn’t know someone. Well we were sitting in a hot spring in Pagosa Springs just relaxing and someone steps in the hot tub looks at Pop and says “well looky there it’s Bill Wilcox.” And I was like you gotta be kidding me he know everybody. That’s probably the only time I ever doubted that man. As far as I can remember Pop was taking me places and giving me money that would eventually be confiscated by my mom. Pop would just burst into the house all the time and scream “Gin l’m taking Ty-Burger.” Pop and I would then go from anywhere to Tea-Licious to the Bluebonnet and afterwards a trip to Walmart. I would also stay the night at the Lake house all the time with Pop and we would escape to our paradise up stairs in a bed which we thought was the best in the world. And even as an 18 year old boy we still slept in that same bed when I stayed the night. Pop and I made a summer trip every summer and of course Cisco Football game trips where I became friends with all his Cisco friends. Our summer trips always consisted of phone calls to Buddy and Stanley because we had to keep them informed at all time. We always made sure we had peanut butter, a belt, and a blanket for the usual tricks. He made sure we stayed in the nicest places and ate at the best restaurants that’s for sure. Pop also made sure we hit 100 mph multiple times. Every trip we took was filled of good ole fashion Bill Wilcox Fun and trust me you can imagine that however you want because we did whatever you can think of and more. We might of had encounters with the cops a few times but that was nothing compared to some of the other things we did. Let’s just say Pop taught me everything he knew from teaching me tons of songs, jokes, tricks, hard handshakes, and many many life lessons. He even taught me to always smoke a cigarette when you are arm wrestling so if you start losing you look your opponent right in the eyes and eat your cigarette in front of their face and they become so shocked you end up winning every time. Let’s just say we practiced this several times. Pop and I have been through so much from seeing Cisco winning a state championship to flying a helicopter through the Grand Canyon and accidentally putting gas in a diesel truck because we weren’t paying attention. Let’s just say we didn’t get to far once we did that. Most magicians don’t reveal secrets but Pop revealed everything to me. So if you ever wanna hear a classic Bill Wilcox joke or a classic trick come to me because I know all the secrets! Bill Wilcox will live in me to the day I die. So if you ever wanna come find me this summer I will be at the Y’all Come Back Saloon at the Lake having a good time because if Pop was here right now he would tell us all THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER AND THE PARTY NEVER ENDS! I love you Pop, Ty