Billy Gene Woodell departed May 11, 2013, to be with the Lord. Visitation is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013, at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home in Tyler. Graveside services will be held at the Whitehouse Cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, with Father Brandon Pete officiating under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors.
Billy was a beloved husband, daddy, and poppie to his family and a blessing to all who knew him. A native of Oklahoma, he was born July 1, 1941, in Clarita, Okla., to Forest and Lilly Woodell. Billy graduated from Sulphur High School.
Billy retired from National Linen Services after 36 years of loyal service. He went back to work for All Saints Episcopal School, where the children remember him for the props he built for school plays and functions and keeping everything in order. At home he enjoyed building and tinkering with things around the house and for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Billy could build anything out of a piece of wood.
Billy met his wife, LaJuan, while her family was camping at Sulphur Park in Oklahoma and embarked on 52 years of marriage in which they started a family and built their home in Whitehouse.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. Billy is survived by wife LaJuan; son, Kevin, of Whitehouse; daughter, Tammy Gromatzky and husband Michael, of Rockwall; grandchildren and spouses, Amber Carter, of Gravett, Ark., Tiffany Self, of Whitehouse, Brian Woodell, of Whitehouse, Mandi Metcalf, of Rockwall; and great-grandchildren, Joey Carter, Hunter Carter, Dalton Self, Evan Carter and Monika "Punkin Head" Self. He is also survived by five siblings, Tom, Keith, Terry, Margaret and Kathy, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to The Hospice of East Texas for their comfort and care in Billy's final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Billy may be given to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701;
, pancan.org; or St. Jude's Hospital, www.stjude.org.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 13, 2013