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Billie M. Gannaway

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Billie M. Gannaway Obituary
Billie Melville Gannaway, 79, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2013, surrounded by his beautiful wife of 59 years, his children and their spouses. Memorial service: Friends are invited to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Thursday at Arborlawn United Methodist Church. Prior to the memorial service, his family will attend a private graveside service. Viewing: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arborlawn United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76109, or a . Billie was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Stamford to Willie and Melville Gannaway. At a young age, he and his family moved to Austin where he graduated from Austin High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years before attending the University of Texas in Austin where he graduated with honors in 3.5 years. He started his professional career as a district manager with Olivetti Corporation of America which gave him and his family the opportunity to live in Jacksonville, Fla., Kansas City, Kan., and Detroit, Mich., before they returned to Texas in 1968 where the family settled in Fort Worth. Billie made a career change to insurance and worked for both World Service Life and Commodore Insurance companies in executive roles. He later started his own insurance operation where he specialized in long-haul trucking operations. Billie was involved with March of Dimes, the Wedgwood Blue Raider Athletic Association, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority's Executive Committee, and The Downtown Stock Show Auction Syndicate. At Westcliff Methodist Church, he was chairman of the Finance committee and the SPRC committee, president of the Board of Stewards, the Methodist Men, and the Bible Study class. He had a key role in the merger of Westfcliff United Methodist and Overton Park churches, which created Arborlawn United Methodist Church. He served on Arborlawn's new sanctuary building committee. Billie was fun-loving, had a great sense of humor, positive attitude, honesty, integrity and a big smile. He enjoyed the Texas Rangers, boating, golfing and hunting, but his passion was being with his family at the LG2 ranch. Survivors: In addition to his wife, Elsie K., Billie is survived by his son, Mark Gannaway and his wife, Teresa; daughter, Dina Levesque and her husband, Doug; grandchildren, Claire Barnhard and her husband, Phillip, Sam Gannaway and his wife, Chelsie, Trey Levesque and Blair Levesque; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by extended family and many friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 8, 2013
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