Obituary: Billy (Bill) Joe Tomerlin

December 11, 2023
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Billy (Bill) Joe Tomerlin passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in his daughter’s home surrounded by his family. Bill was born May 8, 1936, in Sabinal, Texas, to Martin Jesse Tomerlin and Erie Lucy (Butts) Tomerlin.

Bill was a proud U.S. Navy veteran that served our country from 1956 to 1960. Bill and Sandy married in August 2002 and resided in Mansfield, Texas. They regularly attended Walnut Ridge Baptist Church. Bill enjoyed having coffee every morning with friends at the local McDonald’s and playing cards with his Sunday School class. It was always a competition with his friends, who could win the women or the men. He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bill and Sandy were huge supporters of Mansfield Summit High School Athletics, specifically the girls’ basketball team and were even honored by the Mansfield Athletic Department with a plaque.

The family is extremely grateful to the staff at Suncrest Hospice. We would like to extend a special thank you to Suncrest Hospice staff, Andrea (Hospice R.N.) and Nathan “Gentle Giant” (CNA) for their expert, kind and compassionate care for Bill. We would also like thank Home Instead care takers, Amber and Taylor; Connally Memorial staff and doctors for the amazing care they provided for Bill in the past few months.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sandy, of 21 years; children, Keith Edmond Tomerlin (Rachelle), Kimberly Kaye Davis (Bobby); step-children, Annette Willis (Jimmy); Betsey Langenegger (Shawn); grandchildren, Lindsey Bendele (Christopher), Kayla Costanzo (Tony), Brianna Tomerlin (Malcolm Rios), Jordyn Bruster (Devin Shand), Chelsea Buchanan (Brett), Ashley Willis, Micah Willis, Noah Willis, Hailey Willis, Whitney Langenegger; great-grandchildren, fourteen; sister, Joyce Codd; mother of his children, Nan Virginia Ray; numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Lucille Franke, Hubert Tomerlin, Monte Tomerlin.

A time of visitation with friends and family will be held Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. at Finch Funeral Chapel, 13767 Hwy 87, La Vernia, Texas 78121.

Funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Finch Funeral Chapel, La Vernia, Texas.

Reverend Dr. Josh Walters will officiate the services with interment immediately following at Stockdale City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to DAV, Wounded Warrior Project or Sabinal ISD Athletics.

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