William R. (Bill) Denman, Jr.

William R. (Bill) Denman, Jr. passed away April 7, 2016 at the age of 88. Bill was born in Robert Lee, Texas on October 23, 1927 to William R. and Ruth Bell Denman. Bill graduated from Texas City High School, attended Tyler Junior College and played on TJC's inaugural football team under Coach Floyd Wagstaff. He attended Sul Ross College, North Texas, and Stephen F. Austin University. He received his BA and Masters of Education from Stephen F. Austin University. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy and played for their football team at the naval base in San Diego. On June 1, 1951 he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Watson of Gladewater. Bill's career in education included coaching in Shelbyville and Kingsville. He was a high school principal in Baird and Superintendent of schools in Hobbs, Texas. He retired as superintendent of Irion County ISD in Mertzon, TX After retiring, Bill and Mary returned to Baird where he became the City Manager. He was instrumental in bringing the antique industry to West Texas. Bill and Mary enjoyed traveling all over North America in their RV. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Tommy Joy Denman. He is survived by his wife, Mary of Tyler, a sister, Charlotte Prickett of Carrollton, three children, Billy and his wife Juliee of Tyler, Barbara Blair and her husband Dean of Lake Jackson, Don and his wife Christy of Carrollton, along with six grandchildren, Brooke Denman of Austin, Derek Denman of Houston, Christopher Blair of League City, Randy Blair of Lake Jackson, Rial and Elijah Denman of Carrollton. Memorial services will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice.
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Friday, April 08, 2016

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