Dr. C. William "Bill" McNatt

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A memorial service for Dr. C. William "Bill" McNatt, 76, of Athens, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul Sherwood, the Rev. Mike Nichols and the Rev. Harry Meissner officiating.
A visitation for family and friends will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Dr. McNatt died July 12, 2014, in a Dallas hospital.
He was born July 11, 1938, in Florence, Ariz., to the late William Orville and Jewelle Beatrice Pate McNatt. Following graduation from Casa Grande Union High School in Casa Grande, Ariz., Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University. He then entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees. Dr. McNatt served in pastoral positions at Allen's Point Baptist Church, Honey Grove (1964-1967), First Baptist Church, Van Alstyne (1967-1973), Sabine Valley Larger Presbyterian Parish, Longview, and First Presbyterian Church, Gladewater (1973-1975), First Presbyterian Church, Athens (1975-1992), and Grace Presbyterian Church, Greenville, 1992 until retiring in 2003. After retiring, Dr. McNatt moved back to Athens and was currently Pastor Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church. He acted as supply minister for surrounding churches during retirement. Bill was always involved in choir, bell choir and teaching Sunday school. For many years, he served on various community boards and agencies including Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity, Hunt County Shared Ministries, Greenville and SNAP Dragon Mentoring program for Athens Independent School District. Dr. McNatt's sundry interests included travel, reading, music and doting on granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Carol Dowdy McNatt; daughter, Kristin Trojan and husband Jerry; son, Blake McNatt; and granddaughters Erin and Kate Trojan and Grace McNatt.
Those special to Bill and serving as honorary pallbearers will include Blake McNatt, Jerry Trojan, Tommy Jack Downing, Steve Grant, Dr. Kenneth Lemmon, Hank Skelton, Dwight Bates, Glenn Brinkman, First Presbyterian Church Choir and The Disciples' Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, 405 E. Corsicana St., Athens, 75751; or to the .
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 16, 2014
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