Bill C. Heathcock (90), devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on January 1, 2017 after complications from pneumonia. Originally from Oklahoma, Bill and his wife, Vivienne, raised their children mostly in and around the Houston area and moved to Austin in 2002.
Bill was a proud Choctaw Indian and Navy Veteran of WWII, having persuaded his mother, Hazel, to allow him to enlist at age 17, and then proudly serving our country in the South Pacific.
After the war, Bill returned to Oklahoma City to court and marry Vivienne in 1947 and started a career in retail that began with J.C. Penney and ended when he retired in 1987 after over 30 years with Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. He and Vivienne made many lifelong friends during his years with Sears.
Bill became an avid golfer and carded his first hole in one (of 3 total) on his son, Mike's, 1st birthday in 1961. Bill later became a founding member of Willow Creek Country Club in Spring. His crowning moment came when he made a difficult birdie putt (from a sand trap, no less) to send his Willow Creek team to the Club Corp. national finals in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Bill was a Christian man who led his family by example. He was always active in his community, serving at church and volunteering in his neighborhood associations. He enjoyed card and board games and social occasions of all kinds.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Vivienne; son Michael; daughter Nancy and husband Craig Casselberry; grandsons William Heathcock and Carter Casselberry; half-brother, Dave Heathcock and wife Carole; half-sister Pat Rodriquez and husband Rich; and many other close friends and relatives.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Seton NW and Hospice Austin for their care and support during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to a charity of your choosing.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 5 from 5-7PM at Weed-Corley-Fish at 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas.
A private military burial service will follow at the Houston National Cemetery on Thursday, January 12th, Houston, Texas.