Billy "Bill" R. Stevens
November 12, 1929 - May 6, 2018
Billy Ray "Bill" Stevens, 88, of Amarillo passed away on May 6, 2018. Services will be held Wednesday at Cox Funeral Home Chapel, 4180 Canyon Dr. with Dr. Jim Smith of Saint Stephen United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Bill was born November 12, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama to Loren and Ona Stevens. The family moved to Phillips, Texas when he was 5 years old. After graduating from Phillips High School, Bill served in the Merchant Marines. He later enlisted in the Navy Reserves, retiring after 20 years of service. He worked for Producer Grain for a short time before going to work for the United States Postal Service in Phillips and later transferring to Amarillo. Bill continued with the Post Office in Amarillo until his retirement after 40 years of service. After retiring from the Post Office, Bill drove a school bus for the Amarillo Independent School District. He served on the Board of Directors of the Amarillo Postal Employees Credit Union for over 30 years, and also served on the State Credit Union Board for several years. Bill is a member of Saint Stephen United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Khiva Shrine, and the Scottish Rite. He married Becky Austin in 1975. He was a wonderful husband, father and PaPaw with a witty sense of humor. He loved boating and made many memories with family and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a son Ritchie Stevens; a sister Shirley Stevens; and his first wife Sue Stevens. Bill is survived by his wife Becky, son Dub Austin and wife Jennifer of Austin, TX, two daughters, Pam Harris of Pampa and Denise McDowell and husband Randy of Heath; eight grandchildren, Kim Hogan, Kelley Payne, Kamron Nonhof, Brianne McDowell, Zoe Austin, Richard Stevens, Brandy Barber and Valarie Stevens; and nine great-grandchildren. Please direct any memorials to St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S. Western, Amarillo, TX 79109; or Khiva Shrine Travel Fund, 305 SE 5th, Amarillo, TX 79101.