Billy J. Fenley
Billy Joe Fenley, 86, of El Paso died on Dec. 14, 2017, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Del Rio, and lived in Texas all his life, except for two years in the U.S. Army.
He attended school in Uvalde through the fourth grade before moving to Austin when his mother was elected to and served in the Texas legislature. The family then moved to San Antonio, before returning to Uvalde.
Fenley resumed school in Uvalde starting in the tenth grade, and graduated from Uvalde High School in 1950. He received an associate degree from Southwest Texas Junior College in 1952. He then attended Texas A&I, Kingsville, and Texas Western College, El Paso, until in 1954, the United States Army draft interrupted his education.
After a two-year tour of duty, he returned to El Paso, married, and started a long successful career at the El Paso Natural Gas Company. Taking college classes at night, Fenley eventually completed his education at Texas Western College with a degree in information technology. After his retirement from the gas company, Fenley and his wife moved to an acreage near Pontotoc, where they lived until returning to El Paso in 2003.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He enjoyed playing tennis, dove hunting and watching the Dallas Cowboys play ball.
Fenley is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Fenley, of El Paso; one son, Bob Fenley and wife, Sandy, of Elizabeth, Colorado; two daughters, Tracy Fenley Stabenow and husband, Chuck, of Corrales, New Mexico and Lea Fenley of El Paso; three grandchildren, Travis Fenley of Elizabeth, Colorado, Hunter Biggs of El Paso, and Whitney Vaughn and husband, (Shaun), of Frisco; one sister, Belle Fenley Edwards of North Platte, Nebraska; and several nieces, nephews, and their families.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Fenley, a lifelong resident of Uvalde who wrote Oldtimers stories for the Uvalde Leader-News from 1936 until her death in 1971; and five older siblings.
A memorial service with full military honors was held on Dec. 20, 2017, at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Sunset Funeral Home-West, El Paso, was in charge of arrangements.
The preceding is a paid obituary.