William Merritt "Bill" Procter

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William Merritt "Bill" Procter

Graveside services for William Merritt "Bill" Procter, (also known as "Sweety" to all his Texas family and friends) will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Restland Cemetery, Pollock with Reverend Sammy Moreau officiating under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

Bill Procter, 83, of Pineville, passed from this life on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Pineville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Procter and Agnes Russell Procter; his wife, Opal Arrington Procter; brothers, Charles Procter and Marshall "Digger" Procter; son-in-law, Melvin Charles Dupreast and by his former wife and lifelong friend, Delores W. Procter.

He is survived by his children, Barbara Procter Dupreast of Safety Harbor, Florida, Billy Procter and wife, Sheila of Ball, Wanda Arrington Rackett and husband, Lou of Alexandria, Wayne Arrington and wife, Debbie of College Station, Texas; one sister, Johnnie Jo Anderson and husband, Bobby Joe of Hico, Texas; two brothers, Tommy Procter and wife, Mary of Burleson, Texas and Don Procter and wife, Paula of Stephenville, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Stella Procter of College Station, Texas and Dannah Procter Bays and husband, Larry of Lingleville, Texas; "Paw Bill" is survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Procter retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service, which included three tours in Vietnam. After retirement, he worked many years at Cheeks Marine in Pineville. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1736 and served as State Commander and as Post Commander. He held many other offices/positions in the VFW as well. Bill was diligent in his care and work for other veterans.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the VA Hospital and the VA Community Living Center for the care they have given Mr. Procter over the last several years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at support.wounded warrior project.org.

To extend online condolences to the Procter family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.

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Published in The Town Talk on Feb. 26, 2014
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