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Billy Joe DooleyJanuary 15, 1930 ~ December 10, 2017 (age 87)
Billy Joe Dooley, passed away on December 10, 2017 at age 87. He was born on January 15, 1930 in Ector, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and two older brothers. His family resided in Ector, Texas until 1942 when they moved to Dallas, Texas. Billy graduated from Sunset High School in 1947. Afterward, he attended Draughon’s Business College. Upon college graduation, he went to work for Texaco at age 19 until his retirement. In 1958 Billy and his family were transferred to Houston, Texas. In 1980, he was ordained a Deacon at Willcrest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. After 37 years of service with Texaco, he retired from the Houston office and moved to Mesquite, Texas where he and his wife Inez enjoyed many wonderful years with grandkids, playing golf and attending First Baptist Church Mesquite and First Baptist Church Sunnyvale. Billy was an avid golfer, enjoyed gardening, playing games especially “42”, spending time with family and friends and going to church. Billy and Inez later moved to Red Oak, Texas in 2013 due to health issues to be near their son David. Soon after moving to Red Oak Billy and his wife joined Eastridge Baptist Church and Agape Sunday School class because he loved Christian fellowship and hearing the word of God.
Billy was saved at age nine and baptized in a cow pond in Ector, Texas. From that day forward, he spent his life reminding others of the joy and hope found in Christ through his laughter, strong and diligent faith, and an ever-present friendship. In his last weeks, Billy encouraged his loved ones with his words of affirmation, humor, and positivity. Billy believed in the importance of following the Lord and he encouraged others to the same.
Billy was a loving husband to his wife of 65 years, a devoted father to his two children, and a role model to his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Inez; daughter, Carol Stovall and husband, David of Houston, Texas; son, David Dooley and wife, Debbie of Red Oak, Texas; and 7 wonderful grandchildren, Jon, Michael and his wife, Alannah; Allison, Catherine, Marcus and his wife, Hannah; Elizabeth, and Josh Dooley.