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William Randall “Bill” Haley

William Randall “Bill” Haley, 66, joined our Heavenly Father on Sept. 6, 2017 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Bill was born Jan. 14, 1951 in Natchitoches, La., to the late Lyndel Jarrett “Lynn” and Evelyn Virginia (Spurgeon) Haley. He was raised in Pasadena, Texas and graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in 1969.
Bill married Sandra Downey Bryan on July 24, 1994. They had a very loving relationship, and Bill cherished their life together.
Bill served in the Air Force from 1971-1974. Upon completion of his military service, he began a career with Exxon that spanned over 30 years. His hard work ethic and dedication to his job earned Bill many advancements, ultimately achieving the job of Plant Operations Manager in Charleston, S.C. He was the only plant operator at that time without a college degree.
Bill enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching sports. In high school, he participated on the baseball, basketball, and track team. His basketball skill and antics earned him the nickname “Haley’s Comet” from local sportswriters. Bill coached various little league sports in LaPorte, Texas, including baseball, basketball, and football. He also enjoyed camping, water-skiing, snow-skiing, golf, racquet ball, and gardening. Among his accomplishments, Bill was proud to have taught over 50 people to waterski. Bill also loved traveling and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife. Bill was fortunate to have had a lifetime of fond travels and memories with friends and family.
Bill and Sandy moved to Mansfield, Mo., in 2015, where he achieved his lifelong dream of owning his own little piece of paradise. They are members of Walnut Grove General Baptist Church in Ava.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Haley; daughter, Laura (Paul) Larson of Lincoln, Neb.; son, Craig (Melanie) Haley of Liberty Hill, Texas; daughter, Debbie (Billy) Hayes of LaPorte, Texas; son, John (Silvana) Bryan of Ava, Mo.; 13 grandchildren: Brookly, Bella, Vadims, and Will Haley of Liberty Hill, Texas, Chandler Haist, Linsey and Aimee Larson of Lincoln, Neb., Josh (Alex) Hayes of Webster, Texas, Chelsea (Josh) Tally of Corrigan, Texas, Marissa (David) Kovar of Moscow, Texas, John III (Shelby) Bryan, of Branson, Mo., Savanah Bryan of Ava, Mo., Wayne Bryan of Ava, Mo.; nine great-grandchildren: Bryan Hayes, Kaleb Brayden, and Kinleigh Tally, Ramsey, Dakota, and Devin Hayes, and Zavery Martinez and Charleston Kovar; brothers: Ted (Charlotte) Dunn of Pasadena, Texas and Jay Haley of Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members; and his beloved pets, Scooter and Rambo.
Bill will live in our hearts as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend to all who have had the joy of experiencing life with him.
Funeral services for Bill were Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, Mo., with burial following in the Roper-Stutlers Cemetery, Ava, Mo., with full military honors by the Troy Herd American Legion Post 112 and U.S. Air Force. Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Robert Roberts.
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