OBITUARY

Billy Ray (Bill) Anderson

November 19, 1937June 1, 2019
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Billy Ray “Bill” Anderson of Fulbright, Texas passed away on a beautiful sunny spring morning on the first day of June, 2019 at the age of 81 years. After several weeks of failing health, he died peacefully at his home in Fulbright with his beloved wife Shirley and family by his side.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 3 at First Baptist Church in Bogata, Texas with Rev. George Spears and Wade White officiating. Burial will be in Bogata Cemetery under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Bill was born on Nov. 19, 1937 in Paris, Texas to David Taylor Anderson and Roberta Rozell Anderson, Bill graduated from Detroit High School in 1956. He then served in the U. S. Navy from 1956 to 1960. He also attended Paris Junior College after his tour in the Navy.

In 1961, he met the love of his life, Shirley Ward, at Buckman Drug Store where she was working. They were married on April 7, 1962 in Paris, Texas. They enjoyed a life together for over 57 years. Bill worked at Uarco in Paris, Texas for 33 years and retired in 1993. Not content to be idle, Bill began a new career in 1995 with Red River County as a Veterans Service officer. He retired from this position in 2011. He then was able to devote more time to his real passion of cattle ranching, and horses. Some of his favorite times were when he and Shirley would ride the mule and check their cows. Bill was a longtime member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Bogata, Texas. Bill was a loving dad who always took care of his family and did a great job to teach and guide his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Roberta Rozell Anderson and sister-in-law, Dana Anderson.

Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley Anderson, and three sons; Stanley Anderson & wife Lasca of Destrehan, LA, David Anderson & wife Marla of Fulbright, and Bradley Anderson of Glenwood, Arkansas, two brothers, John Anderson of Allen, and Jim Anderson & wife Ramona of Garland, ten grandchildren; April & Jason Wilkie, Amber Wieniewitz, Taylor Anderson, Callie & Colby Harvey, Regan Anderson, A. J. George & fiancé Jordan Myers, Mariel George, Tara George, Bryan and Andrea Dirks, and Craig and Brianna Holdeman, and ten great grandchildren, Madeline and Jake Wilkie, Abbie, Lexie, and Christian Wieniewitz, Caney Harvey, Jett Wright, Holly and Alex Davoust, and Chelsea Dirks, and numerous nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Bogata Cemetery Association, 140 Mt. Vernon Rd., Bogata, Texas 75417.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jerry Dodd, Jr.
  • K.W. Williams
  • Marty Ward
  • Dean Ward
  • David Rozell
  • Terry Bull
  • Jerry Hudson
  • Eddie Williams
  • First Baptist Church - Bogata Men's Sunday School Class, Honorary Bearers

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 3, 2019
  • Burial Monday, June 3, 2019

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Brutt Scott

June 6, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My prayers are with the family and friends. Bill was such a nice man. He owned and ranched on the land that used to be our home and farm in Fulbright on FM 411. Several years ago he allowed me to walk back over our old farm and show my son where I spent my childhood and youth. I thought that was very special and I will always remember him.

Sandy Gandy Jarecki

June 3, 2019

My deepest condolences for your loss and heartfelt prayers for the family. What a wonderful video tribute that so beautifully told the story of a life well lived and a family so obviously full of love. I haven’t seen Bill in MANY years but I have fond memories of him and all the Andersons from my childhood in Fulbright. He always had the sweetest smile and he was quite handsome but it was his sweet and gentle nature I remember most as he always was kind to this (at the time) little kid!
Rest In Peace.

Lisa (Kerbow) Thomas

June 3, 2019

My condolences for the loss of Bill. I know Bill and Shirley through my Uncle, JW "Dub" Kerbow, who was a childhood and Navy friend. My father, Boyd Kerbow and JW lived in Fulbright so I'm so glad they both ran in the same circle with each others families. I want to thank Shirley for her hospitality of coming to her home last year when Uncle Dub and his daughter Patty came for a visit. Although they didn't have the reunion last year, they usually come for the Fulbright Reunion so we came to see who we could see anyways. While there Shirley shared a few recipes that has served me well for taking to potlucks and for my everyday cooking. Both Bill and Shirley were as kind to me as they were to all. Thank you to The Anderson Family for sharing them with others. My husband Neil and I wish you blessings moving forward in life without Bill. I know my Uncle JW "Dub" will miss him for the rest of his days.

Kay King German

June 3, 2019

Although I cannot be at the service today, my heart and prayers will be with you. The Anderson family is very special to me and my family.

Eugene Dirks

June 1, 2019

Though we have known Bill for only a few years, we have a great deal of respect for him and are sad that he is gone. He was so friendly and interested in everyone. A man of high ideals and integrity. It has also been apparent to us that Andrea drew a lot of strength and security from his unconditional love and support to her.
We will be thinking of you, Shirley and family, in the future and praying for you.
With deep sympathy
Gene and Luella Dirks

Bradley Allison

June 1, 2019

I will miss Bill! Loved his sense of humor and his laugh! Just enjoyed talking with him! RIP Bill! I'll see you in heaven!

Ann Carolyn Stetson

June 1, 2019

So sorry my dear cousin is no longer with his family, but what a wonderful legacy he left in his boys and their families. He was an example of husband, father, and grandfather all men should be. I have many fine memories of this good man.

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