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William "Billy Bob" Robert Crim
September 25, 2016
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William Robert “Billy Bob” Crim

Services for Billy Bob Crim will be Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. He passed away September 25 at his home.

Billy Bob was born May 11, 1927 to John T. Crim Sr. and Maggie Lynn Crim. He attended Kilgore schools and graduated from Kemper Military School in Missouri. He also attended the University of Texas Austin.
Above everything, Billy Bob was a Marine. He served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Marine Corps Association, Marine Corps Aviation Association, Marine Corps Historical Foundation, and the Navy League of the U.S., the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Strategic Institute. Billy Bob was also a member of the Royal Marine Historical Society. From these associations, he made many military friends from privates to generals. His office walls are decorated with Marine Corps Commandants and pictures of Royal Marine Generals he had corresponded with over the years.

From a friend: “His family, friends and country lost another great man. To live through the time he lived and contributed to our country is the mark of a real man. We will miss him each year when we raise a glass to our great Marine Corps and know where we will meet again for that roll call at Heaven’s scene. Semper Fi Marine. Sleep Well.”

Billy Bob was an administrative assistant to John Ben Shepperd when he was the Secretary of the State of Texas and Texas Attorney General. He served as chairman of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Committee, president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, vice chairman of the Texas Law Enforcement Foundation, Texas Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement, served as Special Texas Ranger, president of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, and vice president of the Texas Chamber of Commerce. This is just a sample of the many organizations that Billy Bob belonged to throughout his lifetime.

Billy Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served the church in many capacities. He was especially proud of the church's Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1173 organ which his grandmother, Lou Della Crim, donated to the church. His association with the church itself and the congregation were an important part of his life.

Billy Bob was also a strong advocate of animals from raccoons to birds, dogs, and in particular...cats. There was never a stray animal that he did not feed.
He is survived by his nephew, John T. Crim III and wife Wendy of Kilgore; great- niece Maggie Hudson and husband Eric and their children Carter, Brooks and Knox of Prosper; stepdaughter, Connie Stark Nance and husband Michael of Tyler and their children Colby T. Gilmour of Austin and Kyle Stark Gilmour of Dallas; stepson, Craig M. Stark of Kilgore and his son Will Stark of Dallas; longtime caregiver and “The Boss” Tomasa “Tommie” Garibaldo of Kilgore; friend, Maria Galvan of Kilgore and his furbabies, Sylvester, Phoebe, Zorro and Miss Kitty.
Billy Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 37 years Margaret Stark Crim, brother and sister-in-law John T. Crim, Jr. and Jamie Smith Crim and a niece Lynness S. Crim

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Organ Fund or Texas Star Rescue www.texasstarrescue.rescueme.org

Billy Bob will always be remembered by his warm personality, his love of beautiful women and his enjoyment of Travis Club cigars.

William "Billy Bob" Robert Crim
September 25, 2016
Visitation Schedule
Rader Funeral Home Chapel of Kilgore
401 North Martin Street
Kilgore, TX  75662
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
5-7 pm
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Service Schedule
Funeral Service
First Presbyterian Church
815 E. Main St.
Kilgore, TX  75662
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
2 pm
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Burial Schedule
Thompson Cemetery
At the intersection of Hwy 42 and Fm 2012
Kilgore, TX  75662
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Memorial Contributions
First Presbyterian Organ Fund
PO Box 1216
Kilgore, TX 75663
Texas Star Rescue
Longview, TX 




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