Billy Bice Moan
Billy Bice Moan
  • January 17, 1945 - July 22, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Billy Bice Moan was born on January 17, 1945, in Lawrenceville, Illinois, to Leo Albert and Ruby Jones Moan at their farm. He was their third child. His older siblings were Ronald Lee Moan and Arlys Kaye Moan. Bill's family also lived in Florida and South Texas before moving to Houston. His father passed away when Bill was just 17 years old. The sorrow of losing his father never left him. Bill joined the United States Air Force in 1965 where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. While on leave before going to Vietnam, Bill became reacquainted with Shirley Roberts, and before he left, they were engaged. Bill returned from Vietnam on February 8, 1969, and he and Shirley were married on February 15, 1969. They would remain married until Bill passed away on July 22, 2017. Their beloved daughter, Sabrina Renee Moan was born on September 8, 1975.

Bill is preceded in death by both his parents, his brother Ronald (Butch) Moan, his brothers-in-law, Harold Major and Leonard Roberts and his wife, Doris. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Shirley Roberts Moan, his beloved daughter, Sabrina Smith and her husband, David Smith. Bill and Shirley have been blessed with grandchildren Brittany Smith, Ashleigh Garrett, Jessica Durkot, and Zachary Smith. Bill is also survived by his sister, Arlys Moan Bruce. In addition, he is survived by his sisters-in-law, Joyce Major, Evelyn Luce(Larry), and his brother-in-law, Joe Roberts (Josie). Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.

One of Bill's favorite things to do was to meet his best friend, Earl Raabe, for coffee. They first met at the Square Donut shop more than 30 years ago. When the donut shop closed, they moved to Jack in the Box where they and other friends would attempt to solve the world's problems.

Watching NASCAR racing was a favorite pastime. Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver. After he died, Bill began following his son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. As a young child, he went to racing events with his dad. When he was watching a NASCAR race on television, we all knew not to disturb him until it was finished!

Bill was proud of his service in the Air Force. He asked that his final resting place be in the Houston National Cemetery. When Houston had their "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Celebration" in the 1980's, Sabrina and I joined him as he proudly marched in the parade!

Bill was a kind-hearted man who loved his family and his friends. He was in no way perfect, but he tried to be a friend and a good neighbor. While he didn't attend church, he did believe in God. He always said he didn't need to go to church to worship God because God is everywhere!