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Bill B. Lightfoot

Posted By Ricky Alderete On December 20, 2018 @ 2:57 pm In Obituary | 9 Comments

Bill B. Lightfoot
November 12, 1931 – December 19, 2018

Bill Lightfoot, 87, of Bryan, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, in his home surrounded by his family. A visitation will be at 5pm, Friday, December 21, 2018, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center. A funeral will begin at 10:30am, Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Central Church of Christ with Rev. Bob Wolfert officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Rest Ever Memorial Park. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers.

Bill B. Lightfoot was born on November 12, 1931 to Willis and Mamie (Harrison) Lightfoot in Cisco, Texas. He graduated from Acorn High School in Mena, Arkansas. It is here he met the love of his life, Barbara Harper. These two meeting in the hills of Arkansas, a true match made In Heaven. They were married in Lometa, TX in 1952 where they moved to own and operate Lightfoot Oil Company. Shortly after the marriage, Bill went on to join the Army to serve in the Korean War until 1954. Bill returned to his bride in Texas while staying enlisted in the Army National Guard. This is the year he and Barbara moved to Bryan, TX so that Bill could attend Texas A&M and work alongside his father at their Premier Service Station and start their growing family. Bill was born to be an entrepreneur, from selling milk from his wagon as a boy, flipping real estate, swinging car deals, to building miles of fence. He opened and operated Hurricane Fence Company in 1956 while continuing his education at Texas A&M.

He finished at Texas A&M in 1960, but didn’t walk the stage. He always joked that he was too busy working at the station, fence company, and he had just started his new job at the post office. He spent his nights working at the post office and his days running his businesses, and anytime in between, looking for antique cars to restore back to original condition.

Many a family vacation was spent hauling an empty flatbed trailer-knowing full well he would bring back a great barn find.

Bill will be remembered as a simple, hardworking man who loved the Lord and his family. He always had a life lesson to teach and an example to show. He encouraged his grandchildren to be honest, hardworking and to never give up on their dreams. He led by example, as he fulfilled his dream of walking across the stage at Texas A&M University in 1999, as a 68 year old; showing us all the importance to finish what you start.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, Willis and Mamie, his sister Athena Sinko and his loving wife of 62 years Barbara Harper Lightfoot.

He is survived by his sons Bill Jr. and wife Renae, Jay Lightfoot and wife Jennifer; daughters, Jana Fonville and husband Dean, Cindy Lightfoot, Lori Kessler and husband Doug, Jenny Pettit and husband John; his sister in laws, Virginia Moore (John), Pat Gochnour (Don), Mary Jackson (Brad), and Glenda Harper; his thirty grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and friends. He will be missed by His beloved 4-legged companions Nancy and Dilly Dally.

In lieu of flowers please make a monetary donation in Bill’s name to the Belize Medical Mission at Central Church of Christ at 1600 E. 29th St. Bryan, TX 77802.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Brazos Valley Hospice for their care.

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Condolence from Carrie Mixon on December 20th, 2018 4:29 pm

Hi Cuz,
Sure going to miss you, we have had lots of laughs and fun over the years. I’ve missed coming to Bryan over the past 13 years. Love all the Lightfoot’s.

We will be praying and thinking about everyone, wish we could be there.

Condolence from Lisa Lee on December 20th, 2018 9:47 pm

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with all of you. Bill was a very nice man the few times I met him.

Condolence from Marilon and Wesley Morris on December 21st, 2018 7:46 am

Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Nina Faye Rosenbaum on December 21st, 2018 9:53 am

So sorry for your loss! He was always so nice to me (as was your Mom) every time I visited with Jana. Love to your whole family, you are in my prayers!

Condolence from Marjorie Salinas on December 21st, 2018 10:46 am

Jennifer, my deepest condolence and prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Phillip Lightfoot on December 21st, 2018 11:55 am

Cindy, you and family have my deepest sympathies for your loss. Prayers for your comfort at this time of grief.

Condolence from John & Gina on December 21st, 2018 6:23 pm

Dearest Lightfoot family:
I am so sorry for this sad news about Bill . I know it hurts you all terribly. This time of year makes it even worse. My mama passed on to be with our Lord and Savior About this Same time in 2007. It seems like just the other day it all happend. I said all that to say this, I know how bad it hurts you all and again I’m sad for you and I’m sincerely sorry. Robert is bringing Gina in my place and I hope you understand,. the fact is,I had a stroke the night of 9/11;. I’m not up to driving any dstance yet or as strong as I f like to be. I’m thankful for knowing Bill and enjoyed the few talks we had. I was very impressed. To be on the same page with anyone is such a good feeling and makes for a lasting memory, and Bill and I were. To be in one accord i’s such a good feeling . It makes it so easy to fellowship with one another. Prayers and love to you all.

Condolence from Tim Gray on December 21st, 2018 7:43 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Lightfoot’s passing. I truly enjoyed talking with him and will miss our visits. He was a strong man; a product of the toughest American generation. I pray the Lord will comfort your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from David Bardell on December 22nd, 2018 5:41 am

Please accept my condolences to your family. May God comfort you in your time of need.

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