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Bill Coleman Jennings

1931 - 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Bill Coleman Jennings

Bill Coleman Jennings, 88, died Friday morning, May 29, 2020 in Azle.

After a graveside service, burial was Sunday, May 31 at Farmersville under the direction of Hurst’s Fielder-Baker Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank his hunting buddies, the Springtown Church of Christ family, all his friends and church family in Clarksville and elsewhere, and the wonderful caregivers at Legend, Legacy Oaks and Encompass Hospice.

To honor his memory, the family suggests his friends and loved ones always reach out to strangers with humor and love. Memorial donations can be made to the Springtown Area Community Connection, P.O. Box 938, Springtown, TX 76082.

Bill was born Oct. 7, 1931 in his family’s home in Farmersville, Texas to Coleman and Mattie Jennings.

He graduated from Farmersville High School in 1947 and earned a B.S. in Animal Husbandry from Abilene Christian College in 1951. He married Betty Jeane Henson on Nov. 12, 1953 in Winslow, Arizona.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years, then sold agricultural implements for International Harvester. Over the years he was a citrus farmer, a ranch and dairy manager, manager of a pallet manufacturing plant and owner/manager of a trucking business. He was a licensed pilot, a licensed Realtor, an entrepreneur and inventor, and served as economic development director for the City of Clarksville, Texas.

Bill and Betty lived in Abilene and El Paso, Texas; Blythe, California; Wellton and Yuma, Arizona before moving to Clarksville in 1968, where they lived until moving to Springtown in 2008. He served on the board of the Palo Verde Irrigation District in California, and was appointed by the Texas Governor to the board of directors of the Sulphur River Basin Authority, and on the Red River County Hospital District board.

He and Betty were married for almost 63 years before she passed away Nov. 5, 2016. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Robbie Duckworth Sparks in 2008, and a grandchild, Zayden Morgan, in 1994.

He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, coached youth baseball and football, was a dedicated handyman, a master 42 player and was known for his wit and friendliness. He trained hunting dogs and once owned the grand champion mule of Red River County. He loved to sing, and taught Bible classes for many years, served as an elder for churches of Christ and in his latter years wrote poetry — often humorous or to salute a friend, including friends he had just met.

He was “Daddy Bill” to his grandkids and a mentor and inspiration to his entire family throughout his life, in particular as he bravely battled Parkinson’s disease for the last 14 years.

He is survived by his children, Krisan Buckel and husband Bob, Brenda Morgan and husband Rick, Brock Jennings and wife Robin; 10 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends.

The Azle News, June 3, 2020 Edition