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William J. Reckling, Jr. (Bill/Billy) died suddenly in Phoenix on February 19th. He was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1927 as the first born son of William J. Reckling and Katherine Barry Reckling. When his father who was in the cotton industry moved to Le Havre France, Bill attended French schools from first through fourth grade. He later joked that he could speak French like a fourth grader. He returned with his family to Houston Texas where he spent his youth and attending St. Thomas High School. He then attended Georgetown University, interrupted by serving in the US Navy and as a Captain in the U.S. Marines. Upon discharge he continued his education at the University of Texas where he graduated with a major in English Studies. Bill was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After college he joined Anderson Clayton Corporation of Houston, Texas. He held positions as Vice President of Arizona Operations and later as Vice President of Cotton Merchandizing and Operations in California and Arizona. He retired from Anderson Clayton in 1992.
He served as president of the National Cotton Shippers Association and as a director of the National Cotton Council as well as many Arizona cotton boards. During his career he lived in Los Angeles and Fresno California but his home was in Phoenix for 55 years. He was a member of Rotary 100, Valley Presbyterian Church, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Brophy Preparatory kept him busy as a Dad's club member with four sons attending.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bonnye McFaarland, son William J. Reckling, III of Raleigh, NC, son Christopher Reckling and Emily of Boston, MA.,daughter Claire and Steve Schauer of Reno, NV, son Michael Reckling of Phoenix, son Mark & Katherine Reckling of Phoenix, brother Thomas R. Reckling III and Isla of Houston Tex., sister. Patricia Taylor of Houston Tex., and sister Kay Fausset and Roy of New Orleans, La., as well as ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren plus numerous nieces and nephews in Houston Texas.
He loved hiking with his long-time hiking buddies, even hiking in Switzerland and Ireland. He and his wife Bonnye enjoyed traveling as well as taking the back roads of Arizona and Europe. Photography was another one of his hobbies.
Bill was kind and caring, and loving to all his family as well as those outside his family. He was a true Southern Gentleman. We all love him and miss him.
A memorial service will be held in the sanctuary at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E, McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona on Wednesday, March 6th at 2:00 p.m.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 3, 2013
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