Mr. Bill McDavid, who left a career selling cars late in life and found a new one in music, died Friday at his home in Aledo of lung cancer. He was 69.|
He was born July 26, 1939, to Bill and Dawn McDavid in Weatherford. Bill Sr. opened his first car dealership in 1946, and Mr. McDavid and his brother, David, grew up to own dealerships across the Metroplex.
Mr. McDavid opened his first General Motors dealership in Fort Worth in 1959 when he was 19, according to Star-Telegram archives. He eventually owned several dealerships.
Over the years, he pursued interests including cutting horses, motorcycles and airplanes, said his cousin Dan Boone of Houston.
In 1992, a heart attack and financial troubles prompted Mr. McDavid to get out of the auto business. He soon threw himself into music. He joined up with longtime friend Freddy Powers in Austin, and the pair began performing as Rogers and Hammerhead.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry McDavid of Aledo; sons Bill McDavid of Fort Worth and Brad McDavid; daughter Michele Napier of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepson Ian Stewart of Georgetown; mother Dawn Queen McDavid of Weatherford; brother David McDavid of Fort Worth; sisters Deddy Dawn Srimavin and Toni Williams of Aledo, and Kandy Lamb of Irving; and numerous grandchildren.
Published in Star-Telegram from June 9 to June 14, 2009