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Billy Carroll Bethke Obituary


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“To the Bethke Family, My thought are with you all. Thanks Karen for sharing the wonderful stories about your Dad. He has left the family with...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Pamela Briggs - waco, TX

“We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He and my dad were fishing and hunting buddies for many years and I remember Bill as easy-going and very...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Bobby Vick - Henderson, NV

“A long time friendship was renewed when we became members of the Dr Pepper Collectors Club. With saddness we read of Bill's final home-going. Betty...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Billy R. and Linda Hall - Taylor, TX

“Our thoughts & prayers are with your family during this difficult time---I can remember Bill & Sonny "negotiating" over many items in the antique...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Shirley Chatham - Waco, TX

“Karen your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. No words can express how sorry we are for your loss. Your dad was a...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Mike & Tracey Bixby - Woodway, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you now for comfort and peace. We enjoyed many visits with Bill at the antique shop and at various shows. He was a...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Joe n Eileen Armstrong - TX

“We are sending our thoughts and prayers to each one of you. Mr. Bethke was a wonderful husband and father and he will be missed by so many. May...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Paul & Gwyn Reynolds - Tomball, TX

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: Ronnie Parks - waco, TX

“Pam, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Sheila McLain - Waco, TX

“To the family of Bill Bethke, There is nothing greater than a loss of a loved one. Lean on each other and take great pride in the fact that he was...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Kenny Beth VanMeter - waco, TX

“I will miss Bill. I always enjoyed when he would tell one of his goofy stories. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: ted brooks - axtell, TX

“Really going to miss seeing and dealing with Bill at the Dr Pepper Convention. Our condolences and prayers go out to Bill's family in their time of...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Stephen and Cathie Rineair - OH

“BILL DID EXCELLENT WORK FOR US.HE WAS A HONEST MAN AND TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN HIS WORK. HE SPOKE OFTEN OF HIS FAMILY WITH SO MUCH PRIDE AND LOVE.HE WILL...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: LINDA SCHONERSTEDT - WACO, TX

“Pam, we are both so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Your dad is at peace with our Lord and we can rejoice in that. May God bless you and be...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Melanie & John VanBlarcum - TX

“I am truly sorry to hear of Mr. Bethke's passing. He was so fortunate to have such a loving, supportive family. God Bless all of you. Janet &...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Janet Kay - Robinson, TX

“Pam, Teresa and your whole family ... Our prayers are with you as you navigate this challenging time. We pray for your family and to take solace in...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Emmalie & Matt Welstead - Woodway, TX

“From your ICU waiting room friend: Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Duane & Christie Butler & family - TX

“Pam, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Thinking of you.... ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Helen Ambrose Slough - Waco, TX

“We send our sympathy to the Bethke family. We knew Bill as a man of honesty and integrity as he did excellent work for us, and we enjoyed his visits...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Lonnie and Linda Douthit - TX

“Aunt Betty, Pam, Teresa, Karen I pray that you find strength and comfort from GOD, I want to tell you it gets easier as the years go on but not...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Kim Ford - Nacogdoches, TX

“To the Bethke family, our heart goes out to all your family. It was a pleasure working with Bill, we always looked forward to seeing his treasures in...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Ed Castilleja - Waco, TX

“In Memory of Billy Carroll: 1. Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning, When with our Saviour Heav'n is begun. Earth's toiling ended, O glorious...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Joe and Doris (Ascher) Erskine - TX

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May GOD wrap you in HIS arms to comfort you at this time. ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Kathy (Ascher) and Glenn Haigood - TX

“Bethke family: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bill will be greatly missed. He is no longer suffering and is loving hands of god. He...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: allen & mary jane dennis - TX

“Betty,Pam,Teresa,Karen and family, Our sincere sympathy goes out to you. Bill lived a long life and I know he was devoted to his family. He is with...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Margaret & Leo Allsup - Woodway, TX


Billy Carroll Bethke May 26, 1932 - July 24, 2011 Billy Carroll Bethke of Woodway passed away surrounded by his loving family Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Providence Hospital. Services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with Brent Freeman officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Bill was born May 26, 1932, in Waco, Texas, to William Bethke and Mary Scherff Bethke. He graduated from Waco High School in 1952. Bill married Betty Jean Tull on July 26, 1956, in Waco. Bill began his career in the remodeling business in 1952, and he and his wife, Betty, own Bill Bethke Remodeling and ABC Antiques. He was extremely proud of his business and took great pride in all his jobs. He loved to sell! Bill was an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoyed collecting antique toys, coins, clocks and Dr. Pepper and Waco memorabilia, and attending sporting events. He always looked forward to his Wednesday night poker games with his good friend, Jack Boozer. Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he loved being with his family, especially attending his grandchildren's activities, cheering them on. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mildred Hamil; his beloved aunt, Nelda Roberson; and nephew, Dale Born. Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty; his daughters, Pam Cooper of Woodway, Teresa Hargrave and husband, Randy, and Karen Briggs and husband, Steve, of Robinson; five grandchildren, Stefanie Newton and husband, Ryan, of Robinson, Casey Schreiber of Waco, Cody Hargrave and wife, Kelly, of Robinson, Mary Katelyn and Carroll Anne Briggs of Robinson; three great-grandchildren, Layne Hayes and Landrye Cate Newton, and Paisley Layne Hargrave, all of Robinson; his sister, Georgia Means of Buffalo; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Casey, Cody and Ryan, and nephews, Jim DeLuca, Robert Greaser and Tony Lazzaro. Bill's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Charles Shoultz Jr., Dr. Rodney Richie, Dr. Farley Verner, Dr. John Bardgette, the nurses and staff of the Providence ICU and 3 East and Providence Hospice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com. Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey