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

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Private Entombment
REMEMBERING

Bill Berry "Butch" Wilcox

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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.

Z N

June 1, 2018

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Rhonda Adams

May 31, 2018

Janice, Ginger, Melissa and Eddie,
I was deeply saddened to hear about Bill. Burnet lost a true friend and legend. I remember our first meeting of Bill and his precious family many years ago during a fish fry in my parents back yard. Later I worked for Bill at Clements-Wilcox in Marble Falls in the late 70’s. I witnessed first hand his compassion for families and saw him shed tears with many families including my own. His love of people was evident in his gift of serving others. Bill was a true servant. I know many welcomed Bill home to Heaven with a hug, a thank you and a job well done faithful servant. Bill your smile, hugs, a kiss on the head and a joke or prank will be sorely missed. Until we meet again my friend.
Love to the Wilcox family and thank you for sharing Bill with all of us.

Love and prayers,
Rhonda Brannon Adams

Benny Allcorn

May 31, 2018

Bill was always a support to me and I appreciated working with him. I also always enjoyed the fish frys at the Lake too.
My prayers go out to the family.

Scott Loeffler

May 31, 2018

Janice, Ginger and family,
My deepest condolences as you work thru this difficult time. Bill influenced and helped many people during his time. I pray for peace, and that you remember the great times shared with him. God bless, Scott Loeffler

Eddie Snider

May 31, 2018

For forty eight of my sixty four years Bill Wilcox has been my friend, mentor and a second Dad. Our relationship began when I began working at the funeral home mowing the yard, washing the ambulance, and helping around the funeral home in 1970 during my Sophomore year in High School. The rest is history. Soon I was learning the funeral business in a small town. Sitting at the front desk, answering the phone, greeting people, putting on a tie and helping more and more. Helping with funerals, going on ambulance calls, and eventually learning to prepare and embalm. I could never finish telling the stories, sharing the experiences about how much I learned about funeral service and dealing with and taking care of people. He was special and most agreeably someone God made only one of. My personal success in funeral service is special and most rewarding, mostly because of Bill. Not seeing him around now will be so strange. I shall miss him a lot.

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. 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