William Francis Edmiston
William Francis Edmiston
  • July 4, 1943 - January 5, 2018
  • Cleburne, Texas

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William "Bill" Francis Edmiston Jr., 74, passed away on January 5, 2018 following a battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He is survived by his son, Brian Edmiston and his wife Missy Edmiston of Cleburne, Texas, his son Jeremy Edmiston and his wife Amy Edmiston of Grand Prairie, Texas, his brother Gary Edmiston and his wife Dianna Edmiston of Odessa, Texas, his sister Cindy Molsbee of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, his nephew Mark Molsbee of Royal Palm Beach, his niece Christy Hodges of McCamey, Texas his nephew Michael Edmiston of Abilene, Texas and his grandchildren Dax, Drake, Dalin, Georgia Kay, Brandon, Bryan, Payton, Auston, Alexis, Sean, and Jackson. In addition, Bill leaves behind many lifelong friends.

Bill was born on July 4, 1943 in Hobbs, New Mexico. At the age two, Bill's father, William F. Edmiston Sr., accepted a position with Gulf Oil in Crane, Texas. Bill's formative years were spent in Crane where he was a member of the 4H Club, winning multiple championships at local and regional livestock shows. Bill was also a member of the marching band at Crane High School and played the clarinet. After high school, Bill studied engineering at Odessa College and enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1964. Bill volunteered for duty in Vietnam and served a Tour of Duty as a Munitions Specialist at Danang AFB. During his four years of service during the Vietnam War, Bill was promoted to Staff Sargent and earned several awards, medals, and designations. Although he would later suffer from skin cancer caused by agent orange in Vietnam, he had no regrets and said he would do it again to protect innocent people.

Upon returning from Vietnam, Bill moved to Arlington, Texas and began his career in the Defense Manufacturing business. Bill served as a Director of Sales for the Indian Rubber Company and would eventually be the Owner and President of WEEMCO and Quantum Mfg, a manufacturing company based in Grand Prairie, Texas. While in Grand Prairie, Bill was an active member of Fairview Baptist Church. Bill had a servant's heart, always willing and ready to whatever needed to be done. On several occasions, Bill made it possible, in addition to his own sons, for several students to attend camp, mission trips, and leadership conferences. Bill enjoyed adventure, included flying private planes. Bill also had an appreciation for classic automobiles and owned several over his life time.

In later years, Bill sold his manufacturing company and retired to Cedar Creek Lake. While there, Bill was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tool, Texas where he served as a greeter. As he did all of his life, Bill devoted himself to the community, serving others anyway possible.

During his last years, Bill enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling abroad, and building things in his woodshop.

The legacy that Bill left on this side of heaven is one of simplicity, "Love your neighbor as yourself". Bill was a master relationship builder and made everyone, family and friends, feel special and valued. Bill has flown to be with the Lord where he has been freed of Alzheimer's. For this very day, Bill is experiencing pure love and joy with all memories and friendships intact.

Visitation: 6-8pm on Wednesday, January 10th at First Baptist Church Grand Prairie, Texas

Memorial Service: 10:30am on Thursday, January 11th at First Baptist Church Grand Prairie, Texas