William "Bill" Norman Milner Sr.
January 24, 1942 – January 24, 2019
William “Bill” Norman Milner, Sr. was born Saturday, January 24, 1942, to James Kermit Milner and Esther Belle Milner in Little Rock, Arkansas. He went to the Lord on Thursday, January 24, 2019, in Plano, Texas.
Kermit and Esther Belle Milner had two sons. Jim was the oldest, and Bill was the youngest. Bill was a daddy’s boy! His father taught him how to pitch, and especially how to throw a curve ball. Bill was very competitive, and he loved all sports. He was adored by his grandmother, the matriarch of the family. As a child he had a great imagination. He was very active, created fun, and loved life.
He graduated from Benton High School in 1960 and then attended Harding University on a basketball scholarship. He graduated with a BA in 1965.
He went on to pursue his career as a computer programmer, systems analyst and consultant for over 41 years. Bill was always loved and respected in his jobs. He was detailed, focused, and was always known as a sincere hard worker.
During his time at Harding University he met his best friend, and the love of his life, Phyllis Jane (Janie) Hulett. He made her his life partner on February 2, 1963. They were married for almost 56 glorious years. He was the love of Jane’s life, and he filled her life with such happiness. He made her a better person, and she is very thankful that God gave him to her to love and to cherish. He made her feel important, special, needed. She never doubted the love he had for her. He loved to travel with her, and they went on many wonderful adventures together all over the world.
They had one son, William Norman Jr., whom he named after himself. He was a fabulous father who always took time to play and to teach his son. He was extremely proud of Bill Jr., and especially of his career as an ER Doctor. Bill Jr. now resides in Austin, Texas. He greatly loved Janie and Bill Jr., and he would do anything for the two of them. His imagination kept their little family laughing and having fun. Christmas was the best! They had several lawn deer. He would put out the deer with a new original story each Christmas. Their neighbor next door had a little girl, who is now in college. She said she couldn’t wait until the deer appeared because to her that was the beginning of Christmas. Bill would make up treasure hunts for the family to search for their Christmas gifts. The family was an independent but cohesive loving team of three. Janie and Bill Jr. will miss him terribly.
He had a best buddy from high school and throughout his life, Dave Crawford, who was like his brother. Their golf stories could fill the pages of books. They had the rare gifts of great brotherly love, loyalty and trust.
Bill loved golfing and was known to be on the golf course several times a week. He played all the courses on Maui, and many in England and Scotland. He loved baseball, basketball, fishing, and early in his life, hunting. He was a great writer and had a brilliant way with words. He loved to listen to music, especially music from the 60’s like Buddy Holly and the Platters. You could find him watching Peter Sellers or Laurel and Hardy movies, and comedies such as Overboard and Princess Bride. He loved the musical Phantom of the Opera. He was member and deacon at the Church of Christ in Sherman, Texas and was later a member of the Church of Christ on McDermott Road in Plano, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents James Kermit Milner and Esther Belle (Jones) Milner, and is survived by his older brother Jim Milner. The family cat Cotton was beloved and lived with them for 19 years. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his soulmate Janie Milner, his son, Bill Jr., his beloved granddaughter, Emma Victoria Milner, and his best friend, Dave Crawford.
Services for William “Bill” Norman Milner Sr. will be held on Sunday January 27, 2019 at 2 PM at the Church of Christ on McDermott Road. Graveside burial will be Tuesday January 29, 2019, at 2 PM at the Cedar Park Cemetery in Cedar Park, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate in William Milner's honor to organization listed below.
- Phyllis Jane Milner, Wife
- William Norman Milner Jr., Son
- Emma Victoria Milner, Granddaughter
- Dave Crawford, Best Friend
- James Kermit Milner, Father
- Esther Belle Milner, Mother
- Jim Milner, Brother
- Central Texas Children's Home
- Funeral Service Sunday, January 27, 2019
- Fellowship with Catered Reception Sunday, January 27, 2019
- Burial Tuesday, January 29, 2019
William "Bill" Norman Milner Sr.
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January 28, 2019
I first met Bill Milner when he started to work for Johnson & Johnson in Sherman, Texas in about 1968 or 69. After several lively discussions about the best programming techniques, we gradually became friends.
At the time, I did not know Bill was a superb athlete with excellent hand eye coordination. I first took him on, on the tennis court. At first, I just thought he was lucky placing the ball all over the court, but especially in the deep corners. I quickly learned this was not luck.
We later started playing golf. As he was already an accomplished golfer, I was just learning. But he had the patience to introduce me to many facets of the game. Bill loved betting on the game. He would give me strokes and still beat the socks off me. He always had the uncanny ability to turn his “game on” at just the critical time and he would win it all. I wanted to beat him so bad it hurt.
As we played through the years, he continued to mentor me in the game of golf. Not only the various betting games, gamesmanship, but also playing the ball down, play by the USGA rules and never ever any “gimme” putts.
For the last 10 or 12 years, Bill and I would play golf at least once if not 2 or 3 times a week. By this time I could give him a run for his money (I loved it and he did too). We played golf courses all around the DFW area. Many times, we would meet after work, play as much as we could, and tee off and finish the last hole in the dark not being able to see the ball but just follow the feel and instinct where it landed. We played a different course each time out. It became our “Dallas Golf Tour”.
Many golf outings were road trips that began early in the morning at a local café for breakfast. Each golf outing ended at the 19th hole where we enjoyed an ice cold beverage and recount our adventures. I really cherish those years and I believed Bill enjoyed them as well.
I truly loved Bill Milner and always considered him my big brother I never had.
Rest in Peace Big Bill
January 25, 2019
Bill was a wonderful friend. He never failed to make me feel welcome and, most of all, he understood the need for “girl time” when I borrowed Janie for all our shopping adventures! I know how much he was loved as I witnessed Janie’s devoted care for him these past years. Bill was also a loving and caring father and grandfather. When talking about Billy and Emma you could see the pride and affection within him. Jesus will certainly have held his hand as he walked into eternal peace and embraced the greatest love of all.