William "Bill" Henry Hervey

November 7, 1924March 6, 2018

Bill “Mr. Wrangler” Hervey was born in Greenville, Texas on November 7, 1924 and passed away on March 6, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and his late wife of 68 years, Hoppy. After one year in college, he entered World War II and served in combat with the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow Division) in Europe. After the war, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas earning a degree in textile engineering. It was there that Bill met Hoppy over a bridge table, leading to a long life of love, happiness, forgiveness, four wonderful sons, and worldwide travel. During their travels, Bill and Hoppy saw and experienced things which remained in their memories for the rest of their lives. Bill was employed by Blue Bell and VF Corporation for over 50 years helping to establish and grow the Wrangler Jeans brand.

He and Hoppy were supporters of West Irving Park United Methodist Church from its beginnings. They were early supporters of Greensboro’s Triad Stage, as well. Bill served a term as President during his many years as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro.

He is survived by his four sons, Phil, Mike, Scott and his wife Barbara, and Jay and his wife Leslie. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In a family setting at Greenhill Cemetery, Bill will be laid to rest beside Hoppy, where their marker reminds all that “They Came From Texas”.

A memorial service will be held at West Irving Park United Methodist Church, 1510 West Cone Boulevard, at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 11, 2018, with Rev. Brian Allen presiding. The family will gather with friends at church following the service.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice, in lieu of flowers and food.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Hervey family with arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 11, 2018

William "Bill" Henry Hervey

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Steve Swayne

March 12, 2018

I had the privilege of marrying one of Hoppy and Bill's granddaughters, Laura in 2000. For 18 years, Bill would always say two things to me whenever I saw him that I will forever cherish. First, he would ask me how his princess (what he called Laura) was doing? Second, he would ask me how I was caring for his princess? I always knew it was coming. I always knew that in a gracious, loving way he was going to ask. I loved that about him. He did not know it, but there have been so many times in my marriage where I would think about how he would love Laura and then I would respond accordingly. In many ways, I saw his kindness, gentleness and deep respect for her and it impacted me. He loved his granddaughter. For that matter, he loved his entire family no matter what. He was one of a kind. He was going to love even if that meant being honest, tough or kind. My life will forever be better because of his friendship. I only hope that I can pass his life along to my children and one day to their children. He will be deeply missed.

Lannie Arant

March 11, 2018

My memories of Bill go back to our junior high school days in Greenville and then the years that he and Hoppy were our neighbors in Dallas. They were two of my most favorite people ever--genuine, caring, fun.. We stayed in touch through all the years and felt blessed to have them for our friends. I will miss so much the phone conversations with Bill, the last one in February . He told me again that life had not gone according to his plan because he meant to go first. He loved Hoppy so much and didn't want to be here without her. I believe that all is well with them now and am thankful that he is free from pain. I will always remember and miss both of them.
Mike, I am sorry that I was not able to hear your message and would appreciate your calling again or emailing your address.
With so much sympathy and love in the loss of your father.
Lannie Arant

Tammy Tiley

March 10, 2018

I only knew him a few short years, but I feel so blessed and honored to have gotten to know him. A true gentleman. So humble and caring. Loved his family and always spoke about how blessed he was to have them. He had a way of making everyone around him feel so special. I will miss our 8:30pm chats. We shared a few tears and many, many laughs. but I know how much he longed to be with his sweet Hoppy. So glad he's now at peace.

Travis Barker

March 9, 2018

Mr. Hervey was my inspiration all my years at Wrangler- he and Hoppy - Mr and Mrs Wrangler!

Trula Whatley

March 9, 2018

Many Condolences from the Todd Whatley Family. My father had contacts with Mr. Hervey, from the late 1940's until 1966. Then my daughter & Mr.Hervey's path crossed starting in 2002, when she started modeling for 20X by Wrangler. There was never a nicer man. RIP, Sir.

Trula Whatley

Linda Mixson Mills

March 8, 2018

Mr. Hervey was a blessing and friend to students and staff at McIver And Gateway Education Centers. In his role as a Greensboro Kiwanian, or simply as Mr. Bill, he always had an open heart to assist with needs, big or small. In my 37 years as an educator and principal, I never met anyone more gracious and caring than Mr. Bill, when it came to the needs of special populations. Standing at my side at our Star Day student recognition assemblies, Mr. Bill always treated the children to his tremendous smile and open heart. Thank you, Mr. Bill......all of our lives were blessed knowing you!

Sharon Shoulders

March 8, 2018

Never better friends than Bill and Hoppy Hervey. With love, sympathy and prayers to the Hervey families. Sharon and the Jim Shoulders family

Cathy Howard RN

March 8, 2018

Mr. Bill you were one of my most precious Residents. Always with a smile and a hand bump, a memory I will never forget...You always said I saved you, but it was you who made me smile and fill my heart with joy!
" I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared." Revelation 21:1
Rest peacefully and happy with Hoppy
Catherine Howard RN

Jerry Poole

March 8, 2018

Bill hired me, mentored me, and for 18 years supported me. I am very grateful for his professional and personal relationship.

Jerry Poole

Jane Strider

March 7, 2018

Mr. Hervey was a lot of things to a lot of people, both at Wrangler and everywhere else he went.
I helped him when he came into the office long after he had "retired".
He was a sweet, kind, and caring man, who would do anything that he could to help someone.
He will be greatly missed, by family, friends, and everyone at Wrangler that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Even though the world has lost a great man, Heaven has gained another Angel.
I feel sure Hoppy is glad he is home.
You can hang up your cowboy outfit as you have ridden in your last rodeo!