William "Bill" McEntire

  • Born: February 5, 1956
  • Died: January 18, 2012
  • Location: Georgetown, Texas

Ramsey Funeral Home & Crematorium

5600 Williams Dr.
Georgetown, TX 78633

info@ramseyfuneral.com
Tel. 512.869.7775

Tribute & Message From The Family

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 William W. "Bill" McEntire, husband, father, son and brother, passed away suddenly at the age of 55 following a brief illness.

A long-time resident of Georgetown, Bill was born on February 5, 1956 to Gordon and Suzanne McEntire in Salina, Kansas but moved to Texas as quickly as he could. As one of four boys and from an abundance of necessity, he became a model of strength, courage and tenacity from an early age. His simplistic words of wisdom were often followed by his characteristic summation: "that's a no-brainer".

Bill was an avid golfer who, by God's gracious hand, met the love of his life, Gia Gipson, on the golf course. He and Gia were married on November 16, 1991 and later became parents to their precious children Andee, Margo, and Haven. Above all else, Bill cherished his role as father/coach/devoted fan to these three, with whom he often imparted his rock-solid advice for life and golf: "take it slow". With the love and support of his family and through his many years of professional experience with Hearst Publishing, Bill founded Hill Country Directories where he continued to lead and inspire his partners and employees until his untimely
death.

Though far too brief, the quality of Bill's life was immeasurable. Whether through his active participation as a member of First Baptist Church of Georgetown, the Chamber of Commerce, or the Boys and Girls Club, his gentle nature and unwavering integrity touched the lives of all who had the good fortune to know him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Suzanne, and his brother, Andy. Bill leaves behind to cherish his memory his adoring wife, Gia, and their beloved children Andee, Margo and Haven, as well as brothers Doug McEntire and wife, Becky, Tom McEntire and wife, Becky, and Ed McEntire and wife, Joyce, Brothers-in-Law Ty Gipson and wife, Crystal, Tod and wife, Trisha, and Mother-in-Law, Earline Gipson. Bill will also be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 21st from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Georgetown. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Pallbearers are B. J. Templeton, Rob Ray, Dennis Hobbs, Tim New, Doug McEntire, Tom McEntire and Ed McEntire. Honorary Pallbearers include Coach Choate, Windell Hebert, Jerry Turlington, Bobby Carrol, Bill Gulley and Bob Allen.

In lieu of flowers, Bill's family asks that you honor his memory with a contribution to First Baptist Church Georgetown Youth Mission Program, 1333 W. University, Georgetown, Texas, 78628.

You are invited to leave a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and met all four of my cousins(Bill was the oldest) in 1970. It was the first and only time I ever got to spend time with them but I really enjoyed meeting the guys. Because Bill was closest in age we really hit it off, and I remember how much fun we had together. Even at age 14 he was a very kind young man. I look forward to seeing him again - and brother Andy, too - when we're reunited someday in heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Posted by Lisa McEntire Brackett - Colorado Springs, CO - Cousin   January 08, 2016

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The Georgetown area has lost a really good man - Bill will be missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends.

Posted by Jeremy & Linda Gambell - FRIEND & BUSINESS CUSTOMER   January 28, 2012

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Tom, Doug, and Family...I had the fortunate opportunity to grow up with the McEntire Family at Panorama and play alot of golf with them...It is with great sadness Bill and I did not reconnect after all these years...Rest assured Brother Andy is showing him the ropes in heaven and is planning out their future days of golf together...My thoughts and prayers go out to you...May God Bless You...

Posted by Danny Lilly - Friend   January 24, 2012

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Bill's kind heart and generous spirit were a gift to all.
We were blessed to know him and grateful that he
touched our lives. Josh and Ted met him on the golf
course one day when he took the time to share some
golf tips and memories. You could tell his passion for
life when he spoke of his family. Undoubtedly, he made
us all better golfers and better people for having know him.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.

Much love,

The Heines

Posted by The Heines - Friend   January 23, 2012

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I remember carrying Bill around the neighborhood when he was an infant and being such a proud Aunt Becky....he was maybe 4 months old and I was 10 when my family came back to Kansas and we were first introduced to Bill. Ed and I had always been close but it was exciting to have this new baby in our midst. I believe that is true that God takes people early when they have done really good things....the rest of us he keeps here on earth hoping that we will get it right.
Bill was fun loving and serious all at the same time. I am grateful that I got to share part of his life. I read all of the tributes and I am so proud of your husband, father, and brother. Know that you are all in my prayers and in my thoughts...and I am so sorry for your loss. Gia...you said it best...God has a plan....

Posted by Becky Lynch - Johnstown, CO - Cousin   January 23, 2012

Though our friendship brief - Bill's authenticity in the love he showed - the grace he possessed and the strength he projected will always be cherished.

Heaven's Gate opened for this beloved man and his memory will be one I cherish forever. May your legacy continue to live on with and through your beautiful family.

Posted by Stephanie Featherstone - Round Rock, TX - Friend   January 23, 2012

Although I only knew Bill a few years, we had a bond through work, golf and our faith and shared those pleasures with stories and encouragement. I will miss my friend while I rejoice that he is with our Lord and Saviour this very day. Rest in Peace brother.

Posted by Rich Forster - Ozark, MO - brother in Christ   January 22, 2012

Wes and I have had the privilege of knowing the McIntire's for four years now. They are such a great family with so much love and support. Bill McIntire was such a great man, husband, father, and fan. As angels welcome him home, he will be truly missed. Thanks Bill, for letting us be apart of your life.

Posted by Wes and Ashley Schevers - Austin, TX - Friends   January 22, 2012

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My heart has been so heavy with sadness thinking of you all. My prayer for you all has been that y'all are experiencing the strength and comfort you all need during this time through God, family, and friends. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss and I know the days ahead will be very difficult learning to live each day without the husband, dad, brother, etc....you all love so please know you all have so many people that love you, want to help, and will be lifting you all up in prayer in the days to come. I would be honored to help in any way I can. Love to you all!

Posted by Katrina Peterson - friend   January 22, 2012

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My prayers are with you. May God bless.

Posted by Ruthie (Warren) Bass - Friend of Tom McEntire   January 22, 2012

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I will never forget Billy Mac as he was one of my favorite people and we had some great times together playing golf,playing cards, and just talking.

Posted by clyde w burns - huntsville, TX - friend   January 22, 2012

Gia, Margo, Andy, Haven - Tom, Doug and the rest of your family...

Words can't express how sorry we are for your loss. We are holding you close in our hearts as you navigate through this tough time. Our deepest sympathies with much love,

Tori, Joel, Leo & Josie Berghoff

Posted by Tori Berghoff - San Rafael, CA - Sister in law to Bill's brother   January 21, 2012

While we didn't get to spend as much time with Bill as others we sure enjoyed the witty banter we shared on the sidelines of our daughter's games. May you all find peace in knowing he is with our heavenly father. We have you in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

God Bless,
Sean, Kristi, and Shorty

Posted by Sean, Kristi, and Shorty Mart    January 21, 2012

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I am truly deeply saddened by Bill's untimely death. I will always cherish the memories that I shared with such a beautiful couple and family. I had the honor to witness Bill and Gia falling in love. Bill adored Gia from the moment they met. Bill's kind,compassionate and gentle nature will be engrained in my heart forever. I will always hear is voice fondly call me "Winfree". Gia, I love you and your beautiful family.

Posted by Leslie - Friend   January 21, 2012

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Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Friends from Panorama...The Miser Family....Lynn,Pat,Stan,Teri and Harriett

Posted by Lynn Miser nutter - friend from high school   January 21, 2012

I do not know your family,just wish to offer
words of comfort and express my condolences.

Eccl 7:1 A good name is better than preious ointment;and the day of death than the of one's birth.

Mr.McEntire,will be missed,but the good "Bill" did will live on in the heart's
of those who knew and loved him.

Posted by Cathey Howard - Dallas, TX   January 21, 2012

Gia, Andee, Margo, Haven --- Ed, Tom, Doug --- we're deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Our hearts and thoughts go out to you, and our prayer's will be for your comfort and healing. Bill was a wonderful, happy, sparkling presence - he will be deeply missed by all. We're very sorry to hear of your loss --- peace be with you in these coming times...

Posted by Tom & Janet Renich - Shawnee, KS - Cousin   January 21, 2012

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Tom & Doug Please accept my heartfelt condolences
Words can't express how saddened I am to hear of your loss.Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Nikita Coleman-Terry

Posted by Nikita Coleman-Terry - family friend   January 21, 2012

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May God bless you Bill! Prayers for your family in these times of sorrow. Know that Bill is with our Lord and is not in any more pain. Soon one day we will see him and everyone else that has gone before us.

Posted by Jackie Nelson Lechinger - from school   January 21, 2012

Our hearts are weak and saddened by your loss and our prayers go out to you and all your dear family. We have been so very blesssed to join hands with all your family and are thankful to have met such a wonderful man as Bill. I know we don't see one another but on special occassions but please know that we are always here, any time, any place, and for any reason.
May the beautiful memories provide you comfort in this difficult time.
Our deepest, deepest sympathy.

Posted by Doug & Deb Hathorn - La Porte, TX - Parents of Crystal Gipson   January 21, 2012

To Doug & Tom & the rest of the McEntire Family - It's always sad to hear of the passing of a friend. And even though we haven't kept contact recently, McEntire Memories will forever hold a special place in my heart. Please give my best to Gia & the children. I don't recall having met them but know they must be special people. May you find peace in knowing Bill will watch over you from the great golf course above. My prayers to you all.

Posted by Debbie Buckalew-Campbell - The Woodlands, TX - high school friend   January 21, 2012

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Love you guys, my prayers and thoughts are with you.
Sherry Meers

Posted by Sherry Meers - friend   January 20, 2012

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It will be the little things you remember,
the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help push away the pain
and bring the smiles back again.
Our prayers are with you and your family,
Diana & Ashley Stenack

Posted by Diana & Ashley Stenack - Soccer Mom & Soccer team player   January 20, 2012

I met Bill shortly after college and have countless memories of a great friendship. Proverbs 10:7 says "The memory of the righteous will be a blessing..." Bill's memory will be a blessing for all his friends in Huntsville. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire McEntire family.

Love

Posted by Jim Driscoll - Huntsville, TX - Friend   January 20, 2012

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Remember the wonderful trips we shared. Bill was a wonderful, helpful traveler. Whether on the ski slopes or European travel, he was the steady anchor for the
group. We so love him and share your loss.
Love,
Orbry and Jean Holden

Posted by Orbry and Jean Holden - Friends   January 20, 2012

So sorry for your losss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by barbara Winfree - orange, TX - friend   January 20, 2012