GREENVILLE - William E. "Bill" Terrell, 85, of Greenville passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at his residence. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11 at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
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Bill was born in DeKalb, Texas on March 28, 1927 to Louis Y. and Mary Etta Johns Terral. He married Myra June Bulls on Aug. 25, 1949 in Commerce. Bill served his country as a corpsman in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he continued his education at East Texas State Teachers College and The University of Texas in Austin. Bill was a teacher for 35 years, serving Commerce public schools, Greenville public schools, Navarro College, East Texas State University and Grayson College. He retired to his beloved Shady Grove Orchard to grow peaches and blueberries. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
He is survived by his wife Myra; sons, William Lee Terrell and wife Lorrie, Paul Alton Terrell and wife Norma, Richard Lynn Terrell and wife Debra; sister, Lucille Hodgson; brothers, Louis Terrell and wife Pat, David Terrell; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Preceding him in death are his parents; sister, Estelle Bewley and three brothers that died in early childhood.
The family would like to thank the staff of American Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St Jude's Hospital, First United Methodist Church Commerce or a
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Published in The Herald Democrat from January 24 to January 25, 2013