1931 - 2015 William Bailey Fawvor, Jr, 84, was born in Sabine Pass, Texas on August 1, 1931. After graduation from Sour Lake High School in 1949, Bill enlisted in the Air Force and served as a payroll specialist. While stationed at Sampson AFB, New York, he met and, in August 1952, married Helen Haxton. Beginning in 1953, they happily nurtured and expanded their family to a total of nine children by 1968. Bill proudly worked for Sun Pipeline Company for 37 years and retired in August 1991 from his position as an electronics technician. When Helen became terminally ill, it was Bill who became her caregiver. After her death in September 1993, Bill again opened his arms and his heart to Jewell Polly Harrison in October 1994, welcoming her daughter to the family as one of his own. When Polly fell ill, it was Bill, again, who became the caregiver until her passing in August 2007. Throughout his life, Bill's priorities were God and family, and children were his greatest joy. Laughter and love were a constant presence in the Fawvor household. He was a faithful husband, a loving and supportive father, and loyal friend. A lifelong Catholic, Bill faithfully served in his local parish in a variety of capacities. From usher to Boy Scout troop leader and lector to finance committee member, Bill Fawvor strove to serve his God and his community while setting an example and a standard for his descendents to emulate. Bill died on Thursday, September 17, 2015 just as he had hoped - at his own home in Longview, Texas, cared for by his children and grandchildren. He leaves behind his sister, Mary Fawvor Hale of Houston, Texas; his children: Barbara, Billie, Jimmie, Peter, Tommy, Suzy, Paula, Mary, Daniel, and Keith; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A rosary will be said on Monday, 21 September, at 6:00 p.m. at the Rader Funeral Home chapel with visitation to follow. Mass of Christian burial will be in Longview at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church with Rev. Monsignor John Flynn officiating. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches, Texas. A memorial guestbook may be signed online at www.raderfh.com.
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Rader Funeral Home
1617 Judson Road
Longview, TX 75601
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 21, 2015