OBITUARY

William Rutland Hope

May 31, 1973January 21, 2019
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William Rutland Hope, 45, was born May 31, 1973 at 3:58 in the morning to parents John Paul and Pamela Hope. Will passed from this life January 21, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born at the Iraan Hospital, by Dr. Edwin R. Franks and Dr. Tom Maberry. Once released from the hospital, they took him to his first home in Sanderson, TX, and he made his first debut at the Sanderson 4th of July roping and barbeque. He was an extremely quiet and good infant, sweet and cuddly. He started Kindergarten in Rankin, TX. Will’s family later moved to Hallsville where he started 1st grade. While growing up, Will and his Mother would get down on their knees and pray that he would be a tall man. They would mark his height on the door frame as he grew up. He wasn’t into studying, he was more into making muddy roads with his Tonka trucks. He didn’t call his parents mom and dad for a long time, instead calling them by their first names, John and Pam. He loved to ride his bicycle and play with the neighbor kids. He loved it when Marcia and Terry brought Kim and Robert down from Odessa. He also had great fun with Elizabeth Parekh, Sanjay and Eric. We would go to John’s parents farm in Breckenridge where he was able to play with Gene and JoGayles, Amy, Jason, Patti and Dennis’ Brandon. My sister Suzanne Hughes’ daughters, my nieces, Lisa and Yvette Albritton adored him from birth and took care of him, they were his sisters. Will had a very sweet personality, and it was fun having him in your car, riding shotgun when we were going places. He was able to say something really funny when things got too tense. Now, he did have a temper, but if you left him alone, he would get over it. Growing up, he seemed to be a little insecure, but finally, here recently, seemed to not really care about what anyone thought, maybe, because he knew, if you were looking back at some of his actions, that he wasn’t long for this world. He was dedicated by Bro. J. T. Pugh when he was four years old at the Odessa UPC. He never gave up on his strong belief in God, and was baptized in Jesus’ name and received the Holy Ghost at Calvary Tabernacle. Will loved to fish more than anything else in the world. In fact, he had told Tbone last month as they were going to feed the exotics that he would rather fish in Merrills Lake than anywhere else, maybe he felt that way because of the fact that Barry Hanson from television had come out and filmed a 30 minute episode of Will fishing on Merrills Lake. Will graduated from White Oak High School in 1993, and continued on to Kilgore Junior College. He married Tonya Nordmeyer in February of 1997. A year later, William Seth Hope was born into their family. Seth was a joy to Will’s life. Will was so proud of Seth and loved him above everything, wanting to talk and be with Seth every chance he could. Will and Tonya found Abundant Life Church and all began going to church there. Will has a stepmom, Vicky Haley Hope; stepbrothers, Jeff and Mike Ledry; half brother Steve Hope; sister-in-law, Fallon; step sister, Angela McFarland Wood; as well as two nieces and one nephew. He had a special light in his life, his Boston terrier, Rowdy. A service to celebrate Will’s life will be held at 2 p.m. at the Abundant Life Church, 409 Money Street, Gladewater, TX under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home, Longview, TX. Interment will follow at Hallsville City Cemetery, Hallsville, TX.

  • FAMILY

  • John Paul Hope, Father
  • Pamela Rutland Hope, Mother
  • William Seth Hope, Son
  • Steve Hope, Brother
  • Fallon Hope, Steve's Wife
  • Vicky Hadley Hope, Stepmom
  • Jeff Ledry, Stepbrother
  • Mike Ledry, Stepbrother
  • Angela McFarland Wood, Stepsister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Gerry Moore
  • Seth Hope
  • T-Bone Wood
  • John Hope
  • Stevie Hope
  • John Trawick
  • Robert Weddel

Services

  • A Time of Visitation with His Family Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
REMEMBERING

William Rutland Hope

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Debra Dickerson

January 25, 2019

I will remember the red Dodge Ram Will had as a teenager. Oh how he loved that truck!
Will was a friend of mine and then he married one of my best friends.
Will was larger than life and ALWAYS offered to go to bat for me. Not just as his wife's friend, but as mine too.
Will was a modern day 'Micheal Orr'. He was very protective of the people he loved.
Will had a smile that would brighten his eyes and lighten a room. It was contagious by anyone around.
He will be missed by many. Especially his biggest loves.
Seth - He loved you more than life itself. You we're his pride.
Tonya - you were the love of his life day 1 to the end.
Prayers for you all for the best of memories and love he shared.

Lisa Baker

January 24, 2019

Will was a good man if when I met him the first time go to church and singing also every time I would say hello he would have a smile on for everyone. I am praying for the family and I know what there going thru right now but god blessed your beautiful family and you William

Rest In Peace

Marvin Skinner

January 24, 2019

Will,
I remember playing at your grandparents in Hallsville. Your family was always so kind to me. I remember how we used to ride out and explore. You were always such a good friend. I will never forget you, old friend.

Rest In Peace

Marv

Dawn Apple

January 24, 2019

We have loved Will since he was a teenager when we worked with the youth group. He loved our children, which made us even more fond of him. Even after he grew up, he was always kind to take time to talk to us when he saw us. Our hearts hurt in losing him, and we pray for all his friends and precious family.

Katherine Eddy-DuBose

January 24, 2019

Will was an awesome person! He always spoke to me whenever he saw me and talk so highly of my daddy. He will be sorely missed. I'm praying for the family!

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