William P. "Bill" Williams, 85, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023 at his residence in Cranfills Gap. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at First United Methodist Church, Clifton. Visitation and lunch will follow the service at the church. Burial will take place at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at the Texas Star Ranch located at 7248 PR 4208 Cranfills Gap, TX 76637. You may view a live stream of the funeral service at www.fumcclifton.org and clicking on the youtube link.
Bill Williams was born in Roscoe, Texas on April 11, 1937 to parents Eddie Eugene Williams and Minnie Bell (Blain) Williams. He spent his early years in the small town of Loraine. In 1942, the family packed up and moved to Colorado City. After high school, Bill attended McMurry college in Abilene, Texas where he earned a Math Degree. Upon graduation, Bill married his lifetime love, Jane Craig, and together they started their 61 year journey of love and devotion.
Bill joined the Army shortly after their nuptials. He served for 2 years from 1962-64. The newlyweds were stationed in Yuma, Arizona during his time of service. Next, Bill and Jane moved to Austin where he completed his Civil Engineering degree at The University of Texas. After a short time in Glendale, California, they returned home to Irving, Texas in 1967 where they resided for 30 plus years. Bill began his professional career in the oil and gas industry with Texas Power and Light as a manager of Pipeline Construction. In 1980, he was employed by Endevco as Vice President of Pipeline and Plant Construction, Engineering and Operations. He later spent time with Cornerstone Natural Gas before moving to Energy Transfer Partners as Vice President of Engineering and Operations and Vice President of Measurement. He later served on their Board of Directors following retirement. Bill and Jane attended Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas. Bill also loved to travel to Lajitas as often as possible where he could do both of his favorite hobbies- golf and walking with a purpose. One of Bill’s best qualities was his smile. It would light up everyone around him. In 2006, Bill purchased his beloved Texas Star Ranch. He spent the remaining years of his life in the place he loved best with the people he loved most, including his two Longhorn steers, J.B. and Hollis. He was a great man and will be missed by his family he loved so much and many friends.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents Eddie Eugene Williams and Minnie Bell (Blain) Williams
Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jane Craig Williams; sons, Jeffery Craig Williams and wife Kathy of Weatherford, Gary Eugene Williams (Angela Poudrier) of Cranfills Gap; brothers Gene Williams and wife Merlene of Abilene, Bob Williams and wife Carol of Cleburne: grandchildren Dustin Williams of Springfield, Mo., Abby Church and husband Dee of Amarillo, Jake Williams of Weatherford. Bill is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Kelcy Warren, Matt Jones, Clay Kutch, Dustin Williams, Jake Williams, Harold Craig
Honorary Pallbearers: Gene Williams and Bob Williams
Donations may be made in Bill Williams memory to the following: Cranfills Gap ISD, attn: Monti Parchman P.O. Box 67 Cranfills Gap, Texas or Cranfills Gap VFD P.O. Box 72 Cranfills Gap, TX 76637.