Billy Don Carson, 89, of Hedley passed away peacefully on Friday, February 2, 2018 at his home,surrounded by family. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Hedley Methodist Church. The family will receive friends and family for visitation from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Robertson Funeral Home in Clarendon, Texas. Bill was born on May 29, 1928 in Harmon County, OK to Myrtle Ira Foster Carson and Rufus Paul Carson. He graduated from Quail High School in 1945. He worked at McDonald Auto Parts in Amarillo and was transferred to Borger in 1947. He married Juanell Tate of the McKnight community on October 5, 1947. He was the bookkeeper for a number of businesses including Motor Inn and Morton Lumber Company in Borger. Frank Morton hired him to work as a salesman at Morton Lumber as well as bookkeeper. In 1981 sold the business to Robert and Marilyn Archer, the current owners. He and his wife, Juanell Tate Carson retired at the Tate Family Farm in Hedley in 1981 where he farmed and ranched and had a huge garden from which he took produce to Farmer's Market in Amarillo for a number of years. Bill has been a member of the Lion's Club for over 60 years. He was also a member of the Lumberman's Association, the United Methodist Church of Borger and Hedley. In 1991 he purchased Moffitt Hardware in Hedley, Texas. The store was 100 years old in 2017 and was celebrated at an open house on April 1, 2017. He was also a certified locksmith. Bill cherished family, his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Tate Place which as been in the Tate family for over 100 years. He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Juanell Tate Carson; son, Tom Carson; daughter, Susan Carson Cosby , and son-in-law, Stan Cosby. His brother, John Wesley Carson of Quail, Texas and his wife, Evelyn Jo Farmer. He has numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and two nephews. The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for the loving care they provided Bill and Juanell for the past few weeks. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Rowe Cemetery Association, Inc., PO Box 213, Hedley, TX 79237.
Published by Amarillo Globe-News from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2018.