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William Dudley Waller (11/18/1930-5/29/2016)

Services for Dudley Waller, longtime businessman and civic leader of Jacksonville are scheduled for 10 am Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville with the Rev. Doug Wintermute officiating. William Dudley Waller was born on November 18, 1930, to Roy Almand and Nina Mae Waller in Lillie, Louisiana. His family moved to Magnolia, Arkansas where he graduated from Magnolia High School and later Southern State University, which is now known as Southern Arkansas University. It was during these years that he met his future wife, Dorothy Reid, and began his radio broadcasting career at KVMA-AM. Mr. Waller left KVMA in Magnolia briefly to work for the television station, KTVE-TV, Channel 10 in El Dorado, Arkansas, but realized he was a radio man.

In 1958, he learned of a radio station called KEBE in Jacksonville. The stations owner, Mr. Lowery had died in a tragic boating accident and his widow had put KEBE up for sale. He visited Jacksonville and loved the town and the station. He convinced longtime friend, Jack Ballard to partner with him on the purchase of KEBE. Mr. Ballard and Mr. Waller re-located their families from Magnolia, Arkansas to Jacksonville. In 1967, Mr. Waller put KOOI-FM, East Texas first 100,000 watt stereo FM station on air.

During his lifetime, Mr. Waller owned 14 stations in Texas. He served as President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1986. He also served as a board member and chairman for ABC Radio Network Affiliates Association and the Radio Code Board of the National Association of Broadcasters. In 1990, he was named TABs Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year.

Mr. Waller is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Reid Waller; son Bill Waller and wife Ellen of Tyler, Texas; daughter Susan Waller of Jacksonville; son Reid Waller and wife Sarah of McKinney, Texas; and daughter Alicia Tennison and husband Randy of Jacksonville. Grandchildren include Lindsey Waller Icenogle and husband Michael of McKinney; Sarah Traylor and husband Lee of Jacksonville; Sally Minyard and husband and Trevor of McKinney; Abby Waller; Michaela Tennison, Calvin Tennison, and Madilyn Grace Tennison of Jacksonville. He is also survived by his sister, Ruby Waller of Magnolia, Arkansas as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin on Saturday at 9 am prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks consideration of gifts to First United Methodist Church, 1031 Southeast Loop 456, Jacksonville, Texas, 75766 or a charity of your choice.
Published on June 3, 2016
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