Willie's Story

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Passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the age of 80.
Willie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Marie English; two sons, Walter Glenn English and wife Teresa of Arp, Texas, and Jason Glenn English of Dialville, Texas; and two daughters, Melissa Sue Dement and husband Darrell of Jacksonville, Texas, and Kelley Renee Durr and husband Steven of North Richland Hills, Texas.
He was Grandpa to eight grandchildren: Derek Folmar, Breanne Dement Roth, Colby Dement, Colin Dement, Nick Clary, Jonathan English, Ali English and Wyatt Durr.
He also has eight beautiful great-grandchildren: Bradley Clary, Jordan Clary, Travyse Clary, Jaxon Clary, Raymond Clary, Kohana Folmar, Lucas Folmar and Holden Roth.
Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ruby English; one daughter, Rhoda Sue English; and a sister, Virginia Ruth English.
Willie was born April 28, 1936, in Harelton, Texas, to Clarence and Ruby English.
He married Helen Marie Guss in November, 1955. They moved to Jacksonville, Texas, in 1975. Willie was in the tree business until he retired in 1990. He went to the Church of God all his life. He was faithful in taking his wife and children to church.
His hobby was raising fancy pigeons, which he had done since the age of 14. He showed birds, judged and wrote articles for pigeon magazines and club bulletins. Pigeons were more than a hobby for Willie, they were a way of life. Many family vacations included a pigeon show or visits to see someone's pigeons.
A private memorial service for the family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations of Bibles in his name may be made to Gideons, at www.gideons.org, or P.O. Box 140800, Nashville TN 37214-0800.
Published on June 24, 2016
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