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Memorial for Billy Roy Rhone

Born in Crockett, Texas on May 17, 1931
Departed on Jan. 3, 2017 and resided in Austin, TX.
Memorial Service: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
10:00 am
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Billy Roy Rhone May 17, 1931 - January 3, 2017
Growing up on a small East Texas cotton farm during the Depression, Bill never dreamed his life would be so fortunate. The doctor delivered him at home, many years after his four brothers and one sister. His parents were Jessie and Maud Rhone. He outlived them all by many years. As a baby, his mother would set him in an apple crate while doing her chores and later taught him to read from that crate and food boxes. A lifelong love of reading led him to be the very first of his family to go to college, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1951. He met 17-year-old Julie Robertson at the UT square dance club in September 1951 while starting on his master's degree. They married on December 5, 1953 and never traded for another. Recently, when a nurse asked them for the secret to a long marriage, Julie answered "I found someone who would put up with all my silliness", and Bill said "faith and trust."
Bill was drafted during the Korean War and the army (in its infinite wisdom) sent him to Newfoundland. Afterwards, he started in what would be a long (34-year), successful accounting career with AMOCO oil company in Fort Worth. The first two daughters, Rolinda and Susan, came along, and soon after, the biggest decision of his life (well, after wife and children!)—to accept a transfer to Tehran, Iran for five years, followed by a move to Tripoli, Libya for 2 ½ years, and finally 2 ½ years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before relocating to Chicago until retirement. While in Tehran, the family continued to expand with the birth of Nancy and then Ross (the caboose). Each country had challenges and difficulties of living including a premature upheaval in Tehran in 1963 when the family prepared for possible evacuation, and an actual evacuation from Tripoli by the US Air force during the Mid East Six-Day War in 1967. However, each country was usually stable, safe, and the cultures endlessly interesting. In those years, America was respected for its aid, power, honesty and integrity. Bill and Julie were able to pursue their favorite hobby, square dancing, when they were able to locate clubs. In Buenos Aires they organized and taught a large group of Americans, Brits, and Argentines how to square dance, with Bill as the caller-- perhaps founding the first (only?) square dance club in South America.
The Chicago years were enjoyed with Bill's career advancing and the kids growing up in typical suburbia. All the girls graduated from UT, and Ross from Rice. Bill and Julie's main activities were their square dancing club and the Northbrook United Methodist Church, where they volunteered with many projects and committees. Upon Bill's retirement, they skipped as fast as they could back to Austin. They had almost 20 beautiful years supervising the sunsets on Lake Travis and walking in the moonlight on dark Eck Lane with their Border Collies. Grandchildren arrived, and Bill and Julie were happy to babysit and take them on trips or boating on the lake. They became very active in the Lake Travis United Methodist Church with Bill serving on committees and boards. He enjoyed the Lions Club and its projects, and his 24-year tour volunteering at Seton Hospital. When he was 80 years old, people would ask his age because they marveled at his ability to push patients in wheelchairs through the halls. His favorite retirement activity was UT sports. He went to football games, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and baseball, and was very happy when the Longhorn Network started broadcasting the games he missed. As his Multiple System Atrophy (similar to Parkinson's) advanced, TV sports were a great entertainment. Thank you, Longhorn Network!
The time came to downsize and move into town where Bill and Julie attempted to grow old gracefully. They started attending Sunday school classes, Senior Bible Study, and services at Riverbend Church, where they met many wonderful people.
A quiet, unassuming man, Bill led a life of honor, integrity, and love for his family. Rising from a life of poverty to one of comfort, he had compassion for the hurting people of this world and helped as he could-- through charity, deeds and prayers. An ordinary man who had a fortunate life and thanked God for all his blessings.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Julie, daughter Rolinda and Charles Carrington, daughter Susan and Bill Pilat, daughter Nancy, son Ross and Lauren Rhone; grandchildren Callie Carrington, Miles Carrington, Lindsay and husband Cyril Jones, Jordan Pilat, Hollis Rhone, Sarah Rhone, and nephews Ronnie and Regina Symons and Randall Symons.
His family will not grieve excessively as they know where he is going--- to God's marvelous domain which is beyond all imagining! We thank God for all the time we shared with him.
Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at 10am in the Smith Chapel of Riverbend Church (4214 North Capital of Texas Highway) on Saturday, January 7.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations in Bill Rhone's name to the Mobile Loaves and Fishes program through Riverbend Church.

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