Dateline: May 29, 2003
May 15, 2003, the honorable W.R. “Billie” Christal left this world to
be with Jesus.
February 22, 1911, the son of Jim and Myrtle Christal, Billie resided in
Donley County his entire life.
Billie married Gertrude Self on November 27, 1930. They had two daughters, Joanne and Janiece. Billie and Gertrude celebrated their life together for 62 years, until her passing in May 1992.
addition to being a loving husband and father, Billie faithfully served
his community. Elected Donley
County Judge in 1970, Billie carried out the duties of this office with
honor and integrity for 26 years.
of First Baptist Church of Clarendon, Billie also taught a men’s Sunday
school class. He helped
further the education of area residents, as well as youth outside of
Donley County, by serving on the Lelia Lake ISD Board of Trustees and the
Clarendon College Board of Regents. In
addition, Billie served as treasurer of the Panhandle Regional Planning
Commission for several years.
also served as a past Master of the Clarendon Masonic Lodge #700, being
honored with the Golden Trowel Award.
He also served as past patron of Clarendon Chapter 6, Order of the
survived by his daughters Joanne Word of Amarillo; Janiece Kuhrau of
Seattle, Washington; a nephew, Gene Alderson of Brownsville; six
grandchildren, David Word of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Mike Word of
Clarendon; Tim Word of Houston; Kim Miller of Amarillo; Quentin Kuhrau and
Clayton Kuhrau both of Seattle, Washington; twelve great grandchildren;
and one great-great grandchild.
join the family in remembrance of this kind, loving, and loyal servant of
God, as well as in the celebration of his eternal life.
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