April 16, 1923 – September 24, 2020
Horace William "Bill" Poston died on September 24, 2020, at the Cheyenne Medical Lodge in Mesquite, TX, after a short illness. He was 97. Bill was born in Mesquite, TX, on April 16, 1923, to William Edward Poston and Mary Elizabeth (Winton) Poston and graduated from Pleasant Grove HS in 1941. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Maggie Tullis, Nora Lechner, Cora Gentry, Wilson Poston, James Poston, and Polly Williams. Bill was a self-employed building contractor and home improvement specialist. Through his companies, he built and renovated churches and homes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area for over 50 years. He built his first house in Dallas in 1946 for his brother and sister-in-law. Though various people lived in the house over the years, it always remained in the Poston family and was Bill's final residence before his death. He enjoyed sitting on the front porch with family and friends and waving as people drove by. On November 4, 1942, at age 19, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp to serve in World War II. His prior employment as an airplane mechanic at the North American Aviation Company in Dallas led to his assignment as an airplane and engine mechanic. Posted at Tibenham Airfield in England, he worked on B-24 bombers in the 445th Bombardment Group for the duration of his service. The last B-24 bomber assigned to him was named the "Sweetest Rose of Texas" and fittingly had a yellow rose painted on it. When asked what he did when on leave, Bill always smiled and said, "I went to Scotland. That's where the pretty lassies were." Bill will be interred at DFW National Cemetery at a date to be determined. He is survived by his brother, Bob Poston and wife, Helen, of Mesquite, TX; his stepdaughters, Judy Rutledge of Rockwall and Kim Wynn and her husband, Robert, of Rowlett; and many loving nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be at DFW National Cemetery on October 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM ( Lane 3) where Military Honors will be rendered due to Bill's Honorable and Faithful service to our Country.
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
DFW National CemeteryLane 3
Paula Williams Balch
October 2, 2020
He was a special uncle, my Uncle Bill. I’m so proud of him and his service to our country. He served during World War 2 with the great Jimmy Stewart. When his service was up, he re-joined to serve in the Merchant Marines with his brother, my Uncle Jim.
He was there at all of our family gatherings. One of my earliest memories of family events was of the uncles smoking cigars after lunch, and I still love the smell of cigars because of those memories.
Uncle Bill turned 97 during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we sang to him outside the facility where he lived for the last several months. He was happy to see us, and the staff at the facility enjoyed him and his stories. And he had many great stories!
He was well loved and will be missed.