Billy Ray Alcorn, 80, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 at his home in Graham. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Graham. Burial will follow in Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, August 19, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morrison Funeral Home in Graham.
Bill was born November 18, 1938 in Flint Creek Community, Texas to the late J.W. “Jack” and Fannie (Worsham) Alcorn. He married Ruth Maxey on June 3, 1977 in Graham and she preceded him in death on August 10, 2017. Bill was a longtime resident of Graham and a member of the First Baptist Church. His brother, Bobby Jack Alcorn, preceded him in death in 1981.
Bill worked at Hexcel for 30 years before retiring in 1994. After retirement, Bill and his beloved wife Ruth devoted time to creative endeavors which included decorative metal artwork and writing children’s stories that combined their love of storytelling and Texas history. Bill had a heart for children. He coached little league baseball for many years and taught boys in the RA program at church. During the 2018-2019 school year, he participated in a mentoring program at Crestview Elementary School. He was a wonderful Dad, Grandad, and Great-Grandad to many and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include; children, Diane Krause and husband Alan of Mobile, Alabama; Daniel Alcorn and wife Melissa of Weatherford, Texas; Sharon Holland and husband John of Johannesburg, South Africa; Donna Sears and husband Gary of Graham, Texas; Jill Letwin and husband Gil of Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada; Keith Maxey and wife Gayle of Tye, Texas; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. Other survivors include sister-in-law Louise Alcorn of Fort Worth; nephews Robert Alcorn and wife Olga of Flower Mound, Texas and Brian Alcorn and wife Amber of Fort Worth; brother-in-law Ben Rhodes and wife Betty of Gainesville, Texas;sister-in-law Julie Nunley of Haltom City, Texas, and sister-in-law Armilda Maxey of Jacksboro, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the International Mission Board through the First Baptist Church or the Old Post Office Museum of Graham.