William Nunley (1928 - 2012)

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Nunley, William William Nunley was born in Donelson, Tennessee on September 11, 1928 to Edward Nunley and Grace Allen Nunley. He lost his father when he was a toddler and was raised by his mother. He had an older sister Dorothy and an older brother Edward and a younger sister, Edna Grace. Bill graduated from Donelson High School in 1946 and enlisted in the Marines on his 18th birthday. He was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1948 as a corporal and enrolled in Peabody Teachers College in Nashville. Bill also re-enlisted in the Marines in 1950. His marine service ended with a second honorable discharge in 1951 at the rank of sergeant. Bill looked around at GI Bill education options and chose engineering at Vanderbilt University and he graduated with his Bachelors of Engineering in 1953 from Vanderbilt and found a position with Chance Vought in Dallas. He began his real engineering work at Texas Instruments in 1956 and continued this as his career took him to Signetics and PSI in California. Next, Bill and the family moved back to Texas to work again at Texas Instruments, Optron, TRW, OPTEK and QTC. He spent the last half of his career working in sales in Optoelectronics. During the 1980's Bill pursued a master's degree at SMU. In 1951, Bill had a daughter, Sara Lynn and in 1955, Bill had a son, William Allen. In 1973, Bill married Elma Lynn Cummings Hood in Clayton, New Mexico. Lynn and Bill had an intense and transforming life together in their more than 38 years of marriage. Lynn and Bill traveled extensively to Asia, Europe and in the USA. Bill learned to love himself and love others and enriched his relationship with his children. In 1979, Bill retired. After a few months working a gold mine in Colorado and putting a new roof on the house - Elma Lynn requested clearly that Bill go back to work. Bill contributed as lead author and as editor to two books on optoelectronics - Infrared Optoelectronics (1995) and Infrared Optoelectronics (revised 2007). Bill loved to read, talk, tell stories, play bridge, pool and poker and especially gardening. Bill was an avid amateur carpenter and built sheds, decks, porches, patios as well as remodeling projects on many houses and on the family cabins in Eagle Nest, New Mexico. Bill's life was characterized by his love of family and strong character integrity. He is survived by his wife Elma Lynn Nunley, daughter Lynn, grandson Shannon, son Allen (and wife Sherry) and stepdaughter Jamie (and husband Mark), stepgrandson Richard, sister Edna Grace Steele and many nieces and nephews. Bill died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on March 24, 2012. A memorial service will be held at the family home on April 14th at 2 pm. An additional memorial service will be held in Ashland City, Tennessee at a date to be determined.



Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 1, 2012
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