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William Lewis MOODY IV


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William Lewis MOODY IV Obituary
MOODY, IV, William Lewis

William Lewis Moody IV died Monday, July 14, 2014. Bill was born August 19, 1924 in Galveston, Texas.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Willie Haden Moody and his father, William Lewis Moody III; sisters Edna Haden Moody and Virginia Shearn Moody; former wife, Peggy May Balcombe Moody of Melbourne, Australia; former son-in-law, Edwin Meredith Sykes III of San Angelo.

Bill is survived by his wife, Darlene Hendricks Moody of Galveston; his four children, Janice Moody of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Linda Moody of Austin, Elizabeth Moody of San Antonio, and William Lewis Moody V of League City; his four grandchildren, Sally Sykes Brainard and husband Jay Owen Brainard, Jr., of Austin, Edwin Meredith Sykes IV of Alpine, Elizabeth-Anne Sykes Rains and husband Charles Brent Rains of Austin, Mary Janice Moody Sykes of Austin; three great grandchildren, Jay Owen Brainard III, Ainsley Dahl Brainard, and Madeline Elizabeth Rains of Austin. Bill is also survived by stepdaughter, Valerie Lynn Gnadt, and step grandson, James Howard Holan III, of Mill Valley, California.

Bill and his sisters spent their early years in Galveston. After their mother died in 1932, Bill, Edna, and Virginia went to live with their father at Rio Bonito Ranch near Junction. They received their elementary education on the ranch where governess and teacher, June Willett, set up a proper classroom.

Bill later attended public school in Galveston and The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Bill excelled in track and field events, especially the half-mile. After graduation from The Hill School, Bill attended John Tarleton Agricultural College in Stephenville and The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

During World War II, Bill volunteered for service in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a seagoing Marine on the USS Birmingham (CL-62) in the Pacific for over three years.

After the war Bill returned to Texas where he went to work for his grandfather, William Lewis Moody, Jr., at American National Insurance Company in Galveston. In 1951 Bill accepted his grandfather's invitation to join the Board of Directors on which he continued to serve until his death. Bill also served on the boards of Moody National Bank of Galveston, GalTex Hotel Corporation, The Moody Foundation, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and the Rosenberg Library in Galveston.

Along with Bill's Galveston business interests, he managed eleven ranches for his grandfather, as well as his own ranches near Brackettville and Del Rio. A private pilot, Bill logged over 13,000 hours flying between work and home.

Throughout his extraordinary life, Bill shared countless wonderful friendships and held a special place in the hearts of many. Of greatest importance to his family were the love, deep affection, and personal attention he showed to each one of them.

William Lewis Moody IV was laid to rest in Galveston, Texas on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 26 to July 28, 2014
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