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On September 13, 2010, God’s glorious kingdom welcomed home one of its faithful servants, Bill Moss. A celebration and thanksgiving of his life is in order.

Bill Moss was born on January 18, 1929 in McKinney, Texas to Orlia J. Moss and Ermyne Mitchell Moss. He was raised in Bryan, Texas from 1934-1951. He is survived by three siblings, Nancy Bannister (San Saba, Texas), Jack Moss (Louisville, Texas), and Dolly Hudgins (Lufkin, Texas).

Bill had many blessings in his life, including marrying the love of his life, the mother of his two children, Marian Harston, of Waco, Texas. Together, they raised two boys, Charles W. Moss (Lubbock, Texas) and M. Mitchell Moss (El Paso, Texas). In 1988, God called home Marian after 34 years of marriage.

While most of us are fortunate to find one soul mate, Bill was blessed when he met Kathleen Vonder Haar of College Station, Texas and they were married in 1995. Kathy brought Bill renewed joy and strength.

Bill attended Texas A&M College, graduating with a B.A. in 1951. He served in the Cadet Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel and Battalion Commander. Despite an inherent conflict, he attended the University of Texas School of Law, obtaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1956. While in law school, Bill was President of his Senior Class.

Bill was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in June, 1951 and served active duty with the 8th U.S. Army and 7th Infantry Division in Korea, 1952‑1953. He was honorably discharged as a Captain.

After honorably serving our nation, Bill worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Speaker for the Texas House of Representatives in 1957. Shortly thereafter, he began his legal career with Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam in Lubbock, Texas. Bill and Marian relocated to Austin in August 1964 due to Charlie’s medical conditions, but returned to Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam in February, 1965 where he practiced as a Civil Trial Lawyer for 40 years. He was admitted to practice law in Texas, the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas. He was admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court. During his career as a trial lawyer, he tried hundreds of cases. While a zealous advocate and skilled litigator, he earned respect through honesty and professionalism. Bill was named Lubbock’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 1967 and Boss of the Year in 1980.

Bill served in numerous capacities in professional organizations, including the Lubbock County Bar Association (President), Texas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (President, 1975‑76), International Association of Defense Counsel, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (Chairman), Texas Bar Foundation, American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Defense Research Institute (Regional Vice President), Lawyers for Civil Justice (President), American Board of Trial Advocates, and American College of Trial Lawyers.

Bill believed that civic and community involvement was an obligation and an honor. This was just one of the many lessons he and Marian instilled in their children. Bill gave countless hours to numerous organizations including, the Lubbock Area Foundation, Lubbock Knife and Fork Club (President), Milam’s Children’s Training Center (Chairman), The Lubbock Club, Lubbock United Fund (Chairman), Lubbock Rotary Club, Lubbock Civic Centers (Chairman), Civic Lubbock, Inc. (Chairman), Juliette Fowler Homes [Dallas, Texas] (Chairman), Texas Tech University Medical School Foundation (Chairman), Phillips University [Enid, Oklahoma] (Board of Trustees), South Plains Children’s Society, Lubbock Country Club (President), Lubbock Crippled Children’s Society (President), Lubbock State School, High Plains Research Foundation, Highland Hospital, and Marian Moss Enterprises (Lifetime Achievement Award). Bill was most honored to serve as president of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University in 1996.

Bill grew up next door to the First Christian Church in Bryan, Texas, which was the beginning of an amazing walk with Jesus Christ. Bill was never shy about discussing faith or looking for opportunities to minister to others. As a longtime member of First Christian Church in Lubbock, Texas, Bill served as a Deacon and Chairman of the Board of Elders. He also served as Chairman of the First Christian Church Foundation.

Bill Moss was a true gentleman in every sense. He led by example. He always tried to help others reach their potential and never hesitated to help someone in need. He loved his family and spending time working on his ranch in Northern New Mexico. Bill Moss was a conversationalist and could tell a story like no other. He enjoyed classic gospel hymnals, a good game of golf and working on his tractor. He was a dedicated son, husband, father, colleague, and friend. Above all, he was a man of faith and deep conviction who strived to fulfill God’s purpose in this life. He illuminated the lives of all who were blessed to know him.

Bill is survived by his siblings, Nancy Bannister, Jack Moss, and Dolly Hudgins; his wife, Kathleen Moss; his sons, Charles Moss, and Mitchell and Johnna Moss; his two grandchildren, Madison Marie and Matthew Mitchell Moss; and beloved family friend, whom Bill considered a member of his family, Mark McKee, of Lubbock, Texas.

During the last ten years of Bill’s life, he fought the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Memorial funds have been set up to honor Bill’s life with the following charities: The Alzheimer’s Association, Star Chapter (4687 N. Mesa, Suite 200, El Paso, TX 79912, or 3610 22nd St., Ste. 300, Lubbock, TX 79410); Marian Moss Enterprises, Inc., 501 E 42nd Street, Lubbock, TX 79404; and Juliette Fowler Homes, 1234 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75214.

The family would like to thank Willie Olmstead of Hospice of El Paso for her dedicated service in caring for Bill over the last six months, as well as the caring staff of Emeritus at Desert Springs in El Paso, Texas where Bill lived for the last five years. Mitch and Johnna further extend their gratitude

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