Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX


Billy Frank Minton

June 17, 1940August 7, 2019
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CSM (Ret.) Billy Frank Minton passed away at home August 7, 2019 in Copperas Cove, Texas at the age of 79.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rose Maria; sons, Tom Minton and wife Hayley of Coppell, TX and Robert Minton and wife Sharon of Cumberland Furnace, TN; sisters, Louise Blake, Jo Ann Grigson and Frances Mayo of Diboll, TX; brother James Minton and wife Sandra of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Michael, Brittany, Victoria, Kaylee, and Klara Minton, Jessica Birchwell, and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Smith L. Minton, and sister, Joyce Nofsker.

Bill was born on June 17, 1940 in Kenndard, TX to Lewis and Jewel Minton. He graduated from Diboll High School in 1958 and attended Stephen F. Austin University. In June 1960, he enlisted in the United States Army. His first tour of duty was in Nuremburg, Germany where he met the love of his life, Rose Maria Hoedl. They were married in May 1964. Bill had a distinguished military career of 26 years with tours of duty in Fort Lewis, Washington, Vietnam, Schweinfurt and Hanau, Germany and Korea and retired as a Command Sergeant Major. His awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, Meritorious Service Medal, two Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Government Accommodation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and German Army Marksman Medals Bronze and Silver. Upon retiring from the Army, he was hired as a JROTC instructor at Copperas Cove High School where he taught for 15 years. He was an avid community supporter and volunteer including President of the Quarterback Club, Chairman of the Board for the Housing Authority, President of the Noon Exchange Club, and in 2016 was awarded the Golden Deeds award by the Exchange Club for his outstanding community service. He was also a devout Christian, deacon in his church, and actively involved in many activities of the church.

Bill was a loving husband and father who gave so much of himself to his family, community, and country. He was a true patriot who epitomized a life of servant leadership to God, Family and Country.

A funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. August 12, 2019 at Kempner Oak Hills Baptist Church. Dr. James Spurgeon will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Billy's life. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen Texas. A visitation will be held August 11, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Crawford Bowers funeral home in Copperas Cove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Kempner Oak Hills Baptist Church in Kempner, TX.


  • James Minton, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Minton, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Blount, Active Pallbearer
  • F. A. Taylor, Active Pallbearer
  • Abe Cutsinger, Active Pallbearer
  • Clyde Glosson, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Interment Monday, August 12, 2019


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David Mozley

August 13, 2019

I remember CSM Minton when I was in JROTC at Copperas Cove High School. I was a freshman and I remember sitting in his classes and he was an outstanding instructor and mentor. Though I didn't go through the entire JROTC program, his lessons resonated with me as I made my way through high school and college where I commissioned as a 2LT in the Army when I graduated from Sam Houston State. Our time was short together but made a lasting impression on me which will last a life time. Thank you CSM Minton for all you did for me.
With Highest Regards,
LTC David L. Mozley

Laura Muncy

August 13, 2019

I just saw the note on Lil' Tex's board and wanted to offer my condolences to his family and loved ones. I'm sorry for your loss. Sar'nt Major had quite the personality. An unforgettable man. He was the perfect choice to introduce the wayward teen to JROTC, looked great in a bikini t-shirt, and had a wild sense of humor. I'm glad I got to know him.

Andrea Forte (maiden name Allen)

August 10, 2019

CSM Minton was another father to many of us. He could see in us what we lacked to find in ourselves while angst-filled teenagers. He would encourage us, challenge us, guide us, and mold us into what he knew we could become. I remember the day he told me I wouldn't be Battalion Commander because he wanted me not to be a figurehead but rather the XO to run it from behind the scenes. I was upset for a while, but came to understand his reasoning. God blessed this world with an incredible man! No doubt CSM stands praising God now in his heavenly home. Godspeed and see you again, CSM Minton. Love, Andrea (Allen) Forte

Jodi Grant (maiden name Cox)

August 10, 2019

CSM Minton was my JROTC instructor at CCHS (c/o '90). I had actually just thought of him a few days ago believe it or not.
What a kind man he was. He truly cared about all of us, his students. He wanted us to do well and acheive great things.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
May our Lord give him eternal rest, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Ginger Capron

August 10, 2019

Class of 2001 here. He was such a great teacher and mentor for me when I was in JROTC.

Alma Jane Holcomb

August 10, 2019

Such a beautiful tribute to Billy Frank. I remember him as Mutt's older brother and how nice he was. Will keep your. family in my prayers.

Tammy Droste

August 9, 2019

Uncle B - you will be missed ~ Hug my Dad for me ~ Thanks so much for your service and keeping us safe and for being our family Patriarch for so many years ~ You will forever be in our hearts ~ With much love, your favorite niece :-) - Tammy Jewel ~ #themanthemyththelegend ~

Angela Lowery

August 8, 2019

Mr. and Mrs. Minton, Tom and Hayley along with myself and Husband, went out to lunch. Ms. Rose was telling a story of how Mr. Minton had very much annoyed her one time, he asked how long ago this incident had happened...when she told him, his response: See, you had to go back 23 years to find one thing wrong with me! We all laughed. Although we haven't known Mr. Minton long, he was a blessing to he around. We are thankful to him and Ms. Rose for their service to our country. He was loved and will be missed.
Condolences go out along with prayers for the entire family.