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Billy Rex Autrey

January 17, 1933 – September 12, 2020
Billy Rex Autrey passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 pm, Friday, September 18, 2020, at Wilkerson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home with Dr. Paul Sands officiating. Visitation will be 1:30 to 2:30 pm prior to the service at Wilkerson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.
Bill was born January 17, 1933, in Ridge, TX, to Bridges and Alma Autrey. Bill was educated at Stephen F. Austin University. After college he was drafted by the Chicago Bears and played for Coach George Halas. A year after playing in the NFL, he was drafted into the army. He was in special services where he played football in the Rhine League in Germany. Once home, be began a 40-year career in commercial insurance in Houston, TX. Bill married Bernice Mae Leazar on August 22, 1959, The two lived a full life in Houston, TX before relocating to the Waco area seven years ago. He enjoyed a simple life and time spent at his Yellow Branch Ranch with family. He loved to hunt, fish, golf and chase cows.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Sam and Tommy.
He is survived by his two daughters, Laura (Andrew) Schmeltekopf and Sheri Weathersbee, wife, Bernice Leazar Autrey, granddaughters, Claire and Kate Schmeltekopf (the loves of his life), sister Dorthy Lockhart and many nieces and nephews.
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