William Norman Milner Sr.
January 24, 1942 – January 25, 2019
William Norman Milner was born on January 24, 1942 and passed away on January 25, 2019.
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William Norman Milner Sr.
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.