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William "Bill" Mack Routon
July 20, 1949 - May 3, 2007
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Mass of the Christian Burial for William Mack Routon, Jr., fondly remembered as “Bill”, 57, of Kilgore will be two p.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Longview, Texas with the Reverend Father Gavin Vaverek officiating.  Burial will follow in Danville Cemetery, Kilgore, Texas.  Bill went to be with His Heavenly Father on May 3, 2007, in Tyler, Texas. 

 

He  was born on July 20, 1949, in Kilgore.   He had lived in Kilgore all of his life and was dearly loved and respected by all who knew him.  He is especially remembered and loved by the many grade-school students he taught in Kilgore during the 1990’s.  Bill’s passion was teaching; not only text books, but about the truer meaning of life.  He was a curious and well-read person, who urged all whom he taught to embrace the importance of learning.   Bill was presently Manager of the Adult Education Department at Kilgore College in Longview.   He was also greatly loved by the students of all ages whom he taught at Kilgore College.   He not only taught these students the basic courses to obtain a GED, but he counseled them on personal and vocational matters and generally cared very deeply for each and everyone in his classroom.

 

Bill had been a very devout Christian all of his life, serving his churches in many capacities.  He served as a member of the Vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he also was a Verger and a Lay Eucharistic Minister.  A banner given in honor of Bill hangs in the Nave of this church.   He also was a dedicated Acolyte Director for many years and touched again the lives of many young people.

 

He presently was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Longview, Texas where Bill was involved in many aspects of parish life.  As a teacher, Bill was always interested in study and sharing what he learned.  He volunteered as a catechist for the Sunday School program and regularly participated in adult classes to further his own understanding.  He so treasured the richness of his Christian faith and found great help and comfort in the Sacraments.  He desired to share the joy he found in Christ with others and was very involved in Evangelization serving on both the parish Evangelization committee and on the Evangelization Team for the Diocese of Tyler.  Bill always made the effort to attend parish functions, whether educational or social.  Bill had a deep love for the Mass and a very strong personal prayer life. 

 

Bill will be remembered for his genuine and gentle nature and his selfless generosity to all around him.  He had this habit of always thinking of others and what he could do for them, instead of thinking of himself.  He especially loved his family and his many great nephews and nieces.


Bill graduated from the University of Texas and was a loyal Longhorn fan.  He had traveled to England in his younger days and loved all things English, right down to his daily cup of carefully brewed tea.

 

Bill was an avid reader and had a passion for lifelong learning about a variety of subjects.  His past hobbies have included gourmet cooking, running and music.  When he was a child he was the neighborhood “plant doctor” who went from house to house of his friends, wearing a white coat, where he diagnosed a sick plant’s ailment.

 

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Dr. William Mack  Routon and Odelle Routon.  He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Renee Routon Conner and Tom Conner, his nephew, David Mack Armstrong and his wife Cheri, his nieces Michelle Ann Miller and her husband, Randy and Kelly Smith Lugar and her husband John, and numerous great nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind many lifelong friends that will miss him greatly. 

 

Visitation will be five to seven p.m. Monday at Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore.  Rosary will be recited sev




William "Bill" Mack Routon
July 20, 1949 - May 3, 2007

 

 

 

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