William M.'Billy'Dinkle III Graveside services for William M. 'Billy' Dinkle III, 84, currently of Marshall and formerly of Silsbee, will be 10:00 am Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm Tuesday at Farmer Funeral Home. Mr. Dinkle died January 20, 2013 at GSMC in Longview after a brief battle with leukemia. Billy was a native of Marshall and a longtime resident of Silsbee. After graduating high school, he attended North Texas State Univeristy where he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. He finished his degree at the University of Houston. Billy began his coaching career at LSU, then coached at USL Lafayette before coaching in Silsbee 1953 - 1957. He then sold insurance and worked at Exxon before founding Dinkle Brick Company and after several years, sold the company and became the Adult Probation Office with Hardin County, where he retired. He was on the Board of Directors of 1st National Bank of Silsbee and was a longtime member of the 1st United Methodist Church. Billy loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was a longtime member of Silsbee Little Theater and participated in plays and readings. Billy loved life and lived it with great enthusiasm. He loved people and had many friends. He never met a stranger. Mr. Dinkle is preceded in death by his wife Jean Dinkle. He is survived by his sons Matt Dinkle and wife Patty of Beaumont and Mitch Dinkle of Marshall; grandchildren Kelly Dinkle Woodard and husband Curt of Silsbee, Lindsay Dinkle Slaten and husband Lance of Longview, Kurt Dinkle of Round Rock and Will Dinkle and wife Rachelle of Austin. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Brooklyn and Haley Jean Bass, Blake Broussard and Brody and Caroline Slaten. Billy will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Silsbee Little Theater.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 22, 2013