William (Bill) Alfred Riall, 90, a lifelong resident of Vernon, passed away on Nov. 27, 2015 at Holland Lake Care Center in Weatherford, Texas.
Bill was born on Nov. 4, 1925, to Clyde and Ruth (Beavers) Riall in Fort Worth. He moved to Vernon in 1935 and attended the local schools, graduating from Vernon High School in 1942. Bill received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas in 1946. He returned to Vernon upon graduation and married Shirley Lareau of Vernon on June 6, 1948. Bill began his career with the W. T. Waggoner Estate in the Oil Division, where he worked for 19 years. He worked for the Vernon State Hospital as supply officer until his retirement in 1985.
Bill was active in the Boy Scouts of America, coached Little League baseball, was a Marksmanship Instructor for the NRA, taught gun safety at the Vernon Rifle Range, started a competition trap-shooting range, and was an avid dove and quail hunter. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church, was a volunteer for the Vernon High School football program as a “chain runner” and was a multi-gallon donor for the American Red Cross Blood Bank.
Bill was a member of the Vernon Travelers Square Dance Club and was a late-in-life golfer. He was active in the First United Methodist Church of Vernon with his wife, Sue (Waggoner Russell) whom he married on March 26, 2005.
Bill is survived by sons, Randy Riall and wife Bettie, of Millsap, Texas, Gordon Riall and wife Gayle Worthy of Brevard, N.C.; grandchildren, Tara Lewis and husband Albert of Frisco, Texas, Russel Riall and wife Lauren of Arlington, Texas, Melanie Zumdieck and husband Eric of Houston, Texas, Olivia Reinauer of Suffolk, Va.; great-grandchildren, Ellison Riall and Elijah Riall of Arlington, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother Clyde Riall, Shirley Lareau Riall, and Sue Waggoner Russell Riall.
Services will be held in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Vernon at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Interment services will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Quail Coalition of Dallas, and Senior Center of Vernon.
Online condolences may be made at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.