With the help of angels Willie Lancaster (W.L.) "Bill" Nix slipped away to his heavenly home on Monday, June 3, 2013. There to greet him were his wife, Barbara Lee Terrell Nix; his parents, Nancy Pearl Lancaster Nix and Willie Alvin Nix; sisters, Stella Pearl Maguire and Jimmie Ellen "Jill" Granberry; brothers, William Andrew "Corky" Nix and Norman Rue Nix: and a host of predeceased relatives and friends. Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the First United Methodist, Stephenville, with the Rev. Howard Martin officiating. There will be a reception to follow the memorial service for visitation and sharing personal remembrances with the family. Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Bill would want his family and friends to care for their loved ones and communities. If you wish to support a Nix family preference, please consider the Ramsey Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 998, Stephenville, Texas 76401; Wesleyan Homes Foundation, Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 486, Georgetown, Texas 78627; First United Methodist Church Stephenville, P.O. Box 173, Stephenville, Texas 76401; First United Methodist Church Fort Worth, 800 W. 5th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102; or the
, North Central Texas Chapter, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Bill was born in Stephenville on April 20, 1931, the last of five children. His birth was especially joyful, because his older brothers had died during their youth. "Billy Boy," as his sisters affectionately called him, frequently joked that he had three mothers, Nancy Pearl and his sisters, Stella and Jill. He recalled it was impossible to be mischievous. Bill played baseball throughout his youth and worked at Minter's Grocery as a young boy. Raised in the Baptist church, Bill joined the Methodist church after marriage and held memberships at First United Methodist Churches in Stephenville and Fort Worth. Bill attended Tarleton State College before transferring to Texas A&M College to complete a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in January 1954 as a member of the class of 1953. At both colleges, Bill made lifelong friends and developed an enduring love of both schools. Following graduation, Bill worked for Square D in Detroit, Minneapolis, and St. Louis before being called for military service in Korea. He was an officer in the United States Air Force
and Air Force Reserve from 1955 through 1962 serving in Korea, California, Virginia and Texas. He attained a final rank of captain. When Bill returned from Korea, Barbara accepted his marriage proposal. Her engagement ring was made with two beautiful pearls he had bought in Japan. Bill married the best soul mate, wife and "Mom" in the world on Dec. 29, 1956. After settling in Texas, Barbara gave birth to Beverlee Ellen and William Kendall in 1960 and 1961, respectively. Bill devoted his life to providing for his family. While still in the Air Force, Bill was assigned to work for NASA
in Langley, Va., due to his engineering background, before taking a job with General Dynamics in Fort Worth. There as a senior test engineer, he helped stress test the design of the F-111 fighter. Bill was elected to the board of directors of Stephenville State Bank in 1959 and remained on the board until 1993. He embarked on a banking career with Continental National Bank in Fort Worth in 1972. His analytical skills, work ethic and integrity resulted in several promotions. While at Continental he also served as a director of Mansfield State Bank. He left Continental as an executive vice president in 1984 to become president of Stephenville Bank and Trust where he retired in 1993. Bill also served as a director and chairman of the board at Mills County State Bank. He served as a director of The Comanche National Bank for 50 years and as its chairman for 24 years. Bill was a role model to his children in all that was good, loving, honest and ethical. Along with Barbara he taught his children through word and deed. Impacted by the Great Depression, Bill made sure his children knew material possessions did not measure the worth or integrity of a person. Together Bill and Barbara showed "the world" to their children through family trips, sports, and the arts. Beverlee and Kendall were loved unconditionally and encouraged to pursue their dreams. Bill cared about those less fortunate and made contributions to improve their lives. He served on the boards of numerous foundations and committees that were dedicated to improving the communities in which he lived. He particularly supported educational institutions at all levels. Bill and Barbara established numerous scholarships at Tarleton State University as memorials for their parents and other deceased relatives for students from Comanche, Erath and Mills counties. Bill was a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Sons of the American Revolution. He was a Registered Professional Engineer and a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking. Bill's life made the world a better place, and he will be missed. The family wishes to thank Bill's most recent caregivers at The Wesleyan at Estrella Assisted Living and Memory Care Unit in Georgetown. The family is especially grateful to Telisha Pickett, Stephanie Jones, Ashley Cockrum, Jenna Follis and Kim Howard. The family also wishes to express deep appreciation to the caregivers at Rescare Homecare in Fort Worth, who worked with both Bill and Barbara during their Alzheimer's illnesses. Survivors: Bill is loved and survived by daughter, Beverlee; son, Kendall and wife, Cindy; granddaughters, Melissa Leigh and Allison Elizabeth Nix; brother-in-law, C. H. "Mickey" Maguire; brother-in-law, Dr. J.C. "Jim" Terrell and wife, Barbara; nieces, Alisa Terrell Starbird, Julie Terrell Hinds and husband, Jack, Nancy Maguire Evatt and husband, Howard; and nephews, Phillips Granberry and wife, Zo, Charles W. Maguire and wife, Brenda, James Clark Terrell III and wife, Miryam, and Randall Dean Terrell and wife, Christine, and their families. Bill loved as a "second daughter" Beverlee's lifelong friend, Janet K. Williamson. He also leaves behind many cherished friends and colleagues.