Billy Devearl Tittle

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SONORA Billy Devearl Tittle, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in San Angelo, Texas. Billy D. was born in Trent, Texas, on June 26, 1923, to Charley Rufus and Effie Jane (Cox) Tittle. He graduated from Trent High School and joined the United States Marine Corps to serve in World War II. His active duty included being an aircraft machine gun crewman aboard the USS Yorktown and was assigned to the security detail during the surrender of the Japanese at Tokyo Bay. After his honorable discharge from USMC, he ventured out to El Paso, Texas, where he was a "walk-on" for the El Paso School of Mines football team. That is where he acquired the nickname, "Tiger". He was co-captain for two years and played in the first two Sun Bowl games, better known as the John Hancock Bowl. It was there in El Paso that he met and married his beloved Geraldine Faye (Jerry) Meckel. He coached football in Colorado City and Mason, Texas, before joining his father-in-law, Ben F. Meckel, in the family ranching business in Sonora. He and Jerry had two daughters, Becky Lynne and Debra Kay. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Jerry who passed away in 1968; Dene Starkey Tittle; and brothers Orion, Weldon, Cullen and Neely. He is survived by his two daughters, Becky and husband Buddy Hartje of San Angelo, Texas, and Debra Hill of Denton, Texas; and by his grandchildren Rhett and wife Rachel Johnson of Andrews, Texas, Kristen and husband Rhett Hubbard of Denton, Kelan Johnson of San Angelo, Matt Hill of Victoria, Texas, and Trey Johnson of San Angelo; along with his precious great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katherine, Bill, Rebecca, Remington, Ayden, Kloe and Boston. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Betty Jane Tittle of Merkel, Texas; his two stepsons, Beau Carroll of Grayson, Texas, and Charley Carroll of Weatherford, Texas; his dear lifelong friend, Bill (Pluto) Purser of San Angelo; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Sonora, Texas, with interment to follow in Sonora Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Rhett, Kelan and Trey Johnson, Matt Hill, Rhett Hubbard; and dear friends Larry Finklea, Tim Thorp and Steve Thorp. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the .

Published in GoSanAngelo from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2013
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