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Billie Weston

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Billie Weston Obituary
Former Jeff Davis County commissioner and longtime rancher Billie Weston died May 22, 2016, in a Sweetwater hospital.
Born Billie Edwards Weston on April 15, 1927, in San Angelo, he was the son of Forest (Pop) Weston and Elfleda Etheridge Weston of Alpine. He was a graduate of Alpine High School and served in the Merchant Marines. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater and had been a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Davis. He lived in Fort Davis until 1965, then in Alpine until 2000, when he and his wife moved to San Angelo. He moved to Sweetwater in 2008.He married Fannie Louise Forrester Aug. 29, 1943, in Fort Davis.
Very active in the Big Bend Livestock Association Show and Sale, he was inducted into that association's Hall of Honor for his many years of service to the association and both FFA and 4-H programs in the Big Bend. He served in many capacities, including judging shows. He was a member of the First National Bank in Alpine Board of Directors for many years. As a football and basketball referee, he was well known throughout West Texas, calling high school games for many years in both sports.
In the late 1980s he became commissioner of Precinct 3 in Jeff Davis County, taking over for legendary commissioner H.L. Kokernot Jr., who had served for over 50 years before his retirement as a commissioner.
Weston was active as one of the early officers of the Far West Texas Judges and Commissioners Association, created in this part of the state by the late Brewster County Judge Tom Connor.  The association sought to help elected officials who lived in this remote area get the required education hours needed to meet state mandates.
Working with the late Commissioners John Robert Prude, Bill Cotton, Dr. Ben Gearhart and Bill Gearhart and then County Judge Bob Dillard and Commissioner Chris Lacy, he was active and supported the renovation of the Jeff Davis County Courthouse, the building of a county park and the purchase of the old Union Building for the Jeff Davis County Library. He worked with the court and volunteer firefighters under Kelly Bryant to get the firehall built and was involved in helping get the county its first state-of-the-art ambulance. He was involved in the passage of the hotel/motel tax that became the backbone of the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce and was a strong voice for youth and school activities in Fort Davis and throughout the Big Bend.
He was preceded in death by his wife Fannie Weston in 2010 and by his parents.Survivors include a daughter, Candy and husband Charlie Joe Nunn of Sweetwater; a son, Tommy and wife Cindy Weston of Bertram; five grandchildren, Kakai Wulfjen and husband Cole of Colorado City, Cindy Lea and husband Kevin of Lubbock, March Steward and husband Brian of Georgetown, Jeff Weston and wife Sarah of Bertram and Christa Callaway of Sweetwater; and eight grandchildren, Weston, Jaci, Makenzi, Makenna, Makurri, Riley, Weston and Addie.
Memorial service will be at 10 am, May 28 at The Hoyt Place in Sweetwater with a graveside service to be announced for a later date at Elm Grove Cemetery in Alpine. McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on May 26, 2016
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