In 1950, he married the love of his life, best friend and soul mate, Peggy Joyce Rutherford and together they raised three children: Adonis Matthews of Kenedy, Texas, Brenda (Jim) Yanker of Tyler, Texas and James Frank (Robin) Jackson of Mathis, Texas.
He served his country again in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War and was fortunate to take an early retirement after 35 years with Texaco as a Production Supervisor. After retiring, Billy and Peggy spent the next 25 years doing the things they loved the most: traveling, fishing, hunting, spending tune with their children and grandchildren, and especially each other.
He was a Baptist and a Master Mason of the Evergreen Lodge #325 of the Masonic Lodge.
Dad especially loved the outdoors and taught us to love the world around us. One of his favorite sayings we all took to heart was: "Red sky in the morning, sailors' warning, red sky at night, sailors' delight".
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 59 years along with his children and other family members; Carol Fenner of Beaumont, Tx; Catherine (0'Neal) Netherland of Tulsa, OK;
Vedna Mae (George) Lester of Vidor, Texas; and Johnny (Dorthe) Rutherford of Mathis, Tx; grandchildren Brenda McPeek of Fairiield, CA; Bill Hutto of Garland, Tx; Jacob and Travis Yanker of Tyler, Tx; Lisa Matthews of Kenedy, Tx; Lori Matthews of Hallsville, Tx; Jessica Gibson of Roosevelt, UT; Justin Gibson of Salt Lake City, UT; great-grandchildren Rebekah, Lilly, Sadie, Jordon. and Coltin; and many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by infant brother James Frank Jackson, his parents, great-grandson Jackson David McPeek and sister Helen Anne Jackson McCoy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SBDS Foundations in Jackson David McPeek's name, or your favorite charity. A private memorial was held.
To his children he was a gentle giant who was tenderhearted, giving and compassionate.
To his wife...He was everything. He will be sorely missed by many.
Under the Direction of Roberson Funeral Home of Three Rivers, Texas