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Rolling Oaks Funeral Home

400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX

OBITUARY

William Thomas CLOVE

November 27, 1946August 27, 2020

William "Bill" Thomas Clove

William “Bill” Thomas Clove, 73, of Coppell, TX came face-to-face with his creator on August 27, 2020, surrounded by family. His earthly legacy will continue to live through the hearts of his wife, 6 siblings, 5 children, and 9 grand-children. Bill was a Proud Marine and Vietnam Veteran that loved his country, family, and most dearly his “Foxy”. His loyalty and respect for others made him never late for a tee time nor a phone call with his brother. His generosity had no bounds and he rarely passed on an opportunity to mentor or teach. Bill’s love letters to his adoring wife were worthy of publication yet simple for him to draft. He will forever be known and remembered for his positive attitude, unwavering bravery, and intentional focus on everyone but himself. Bill was a true-to-life Hero who chose to fight everyday like a Marine. He will be missed by all that had the privilege to meet him. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fi.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation at tunnel2towers.org

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Steve Murray

September 16, 2020

I joined Essilor about 15 years ago and very early on learned much about not just our company but this great industry from Bill. He would always take my call, always tell me to sit at his desk when I came to Dallas. If I was lucky, I would get to pick his brain over great food at Bill’s room at Bruno’s. It wasn’t mentoring because of a directive, it was just Bill. I am so sad but happy to have known him.

Chip Pannell

September 7, 2020

I met Bill at Coyote Ridge GC and knew him to be an avid golfer and member there. He invited me to join his group one Tuesday and I became a regular from that time on. Bill, David, Jeff, and Les were all accepting of my joining them. As a local pastor, Bill became very interested in every aspect of my ministry and how much we both loved the game of golf. After a round of golf one Tuesday he informed me as only Bill could, he and Gwen were coming to hear me preach the next Sunday. If I’ve learned anything in 45 years of ministry it is the fact you never meet people by accident. Yes, I believe our friendship was indeed divinely appointed. Bill and Gwen became more than attendees of Cornerstone Church.... I was honored each time Bill referred to me as his pastor and friend. What an exquisite lady you are Gwen! Bill always spoke of you as his angel. What a joy and honor to serve you both. Kathy and I love you and lift you daily in prayer before our Saviour’s throne of grace. It’s never good bye for believers, rather I’ll see you soon! St. John 14:2 “ In my Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there you can be also .” Looking forward to that day when I’ll see Bill, my friend,again.

David Kindel

September 7, 2020

I knew Bill for over 30 years. But since we both retired and started playing golf together, we became very close. I will miss his "pontificating" on just about any subject that was brought up. He was funny, kind, generous and a great friend. I will also miss him making sure my alignment was correct on every tee box, being entertained at his home with Gwen, and talking politics. Gwen, no man loved a woman more than he did you, his "Foxy". During his illness he never once asked "why?" Or complained. Bill was one of the strongest men I've ever met. He met this thing head on and never waivered. I'm happy for Bill. All of his golf ball lies are flat, he 1 putts every hole and his shots are true.
I'll see you soon, my friend.

Teresa Wagner

September 6, 2020

My heart felt condolences to my special friend Gwen and her family.

When Bill came into Gwen's life I saw what a beautiful family man he was. He showed so much love toward her children and of coarse foxy. I would call in the early years and say Gwen how is married life. She would always say Bill is so loving and kind to me and follow up with a great story about Bill. I really mostly knew Bill through the eyes of Gwen and she told of his beautiful heart and soul and the joy he brought into her life.

Bill we treasured you. Your laugh, kindness and caring ways. May you rest in Peace you kind and beautiful man.



larry doxtater

September 6, 2020

Bill's passing is a loss to everyone who knew him. He was one of my most cherished friends. Bill loved life(and wine), I sure will miss him. He was one of the most generous people I know, if you needed it he would give you the shirt off his back He loved to golf and I hope he gets to play when he gets to heaven. Bill was a great boss. He inspired great loyalty from those who worked for him. He always had your back and alway gave great council and plenty of leeway to achieve your goals.
The happiest day of Bill's life was when Gwen said yes and became his beloved "Foxy" My sympathies go out to Gwen and her family. Bill will be missed by all

Karen Williams

September 5, 2020

I used to have an awesome cigar collection. Every time Bill went on a trip he'd bring me back a cigar he knew I didnt have. Then he quit smoking. I can't began to say how happy that made me. Then he started to tell me about this AMAZING woman he'd met. He got this huge smile and his whole face would light up when he talked about Gwen. I laughed and he leaned in and said, "She's a fox and she's The ONE!!" The only time I remember not seeing that smile of his was when she'd breakup with him. But he'd always say, "I'll just work a little harder". And he'd get her back. (And Gwen if you ever want to get rid of some of that 'make up jewelry, I'm your girl 😉).

The first time I met "Foxy" was at their home when I went by to work on her computer. When he introduced us, I felt like I already knew her just from listening to Bill talk about her. His love for her was evident in the way he interacted with her. It warmed my heart.

There were very important women in Bilk Clove's life...his wife and his girls and to know Bill was to love him and his love for his family. I count it an honor to have known and had such a wonderful man as a friend. Rest well my friend, you've earned it.

Timothy Cutter

September 5, 2020

I will never forget the many rounds of golf we played, whether it was at Coyote Ridge, Pinehurst, or Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona (see below). You could tell his favorite hobby was golf and he was extremly enthusiastic about the game. Bill would arrive at least an hour ahead of his tee time, hit some balls, putt a few and get to the starter a good twenty minutes early. In life, he was always ready to GO. As a passenger in the golf cart with him, I would have to hang on for dear life as he raced to his next shot. He would get a lot of kidding for it, but that's what made Bill great! You didn't want to slow him down.
Birdies and pars always gave him some pleasure, but having Gwen on the course made him the proudest.
Standing like a true Marine ...
Next to the love of your life ...
Doing your favorite hobby .....
Life could not get any better....

Vickie Becker

September 4, 2020

To know Bill was to love him. He was a friend to many and always had a smile and a encouraging word.
Bill had a big laugh that was contagious. He was a bright star because of his giving heart and had a genuine loving way about him. He was always thinking about the less fortunate and was always there to give a helping hand. He loved to entertain his family and friends along with his beautiful Foxy. Bill could grill the perfect steak and loved his icecream. He adored his beloved wife Gwen . I will miss my friend .I am truly blessed to have known him and to call him my friend.


Eva Burden

September 3, 2020

My heart aches for my “Gwenie”, (her silly friends call her) AKA “Foxy”. I loved to hear Bill call her that then watch Gwens reaction. She’d pierce her lips, shake her head, as she brushed her hand through her hair, then look at him with a big smile. His love for her is that from a storybook, a LOVE that many do not experience. Honestly, I envied their love. When they first met, Gwenie was so unsure of him. They’d date, then break up, Bill world try again, she’d break up with him again, but he never gave up. He kept chasing her. There is no doubt Bill was her Prince Charming. The love he bestowed upon Gwen, her children and grandchildren was magical. He never skipped a beat blending their families together. He was loved immediately by all. In my book that takes a special man and Bill was THE MAN!
He loved to show off his “foxy”, their beautiful home, welcoming any and all as part of his family. Bill never met a stranger.
When I see the love they shared, some lyrics from “My heart goes on”, fills my heart: “Love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime and never let go til we’re gone”.
Bill’s love for his wife and family, his strength from the support of his friends and his positivity of eternity got them both through this battle. You will TRULY be missed by many.
RIP my friend.

Stephen Shawler

September 3, 2020

Bill was a giver, always trying to help people. I had the honor to know Bill for over 20 years. He took care of me when I moved overseas, with Essilor; sent me information, updates, materials, nothing to do with his responsibility at the time, but to help me and the bigger picture. When I would come back to Dallas , we would always get together, for a dinner, ( usually Bruno’s Ha) and many times for golf. (he would even give me logo golf balls,) Again, always giving. When we moved to Dallas, Bill and Gwen had us over to help us know Dallas. Acts of kindness was Bill. I could go on. What I will remember most and laugh about is our time together on the golf course at Coyote Ridge. We were all set to play on Sept 19th, when I was going to back in Dallas. Jeff, John, David, and I will be playing and we will have many Bill sharing stories.
My prayers are with Gwen and the family. Bill will be long remembered, but especially every time I play golf in Dallas.

Miss you Bill,

Stephen Shawler

FROM THE FAMILY

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