Billy Joe "Bill" McDougal was born in Paris, Texas on the 20th of September 1941. He went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the 22nd of January 2013. After 71 wonderful years, Bill went home, as the last refrain of "Amazing Grace," being sung by his family, echoed down the hall of the hospital.
Bill was the son of Marvin and Dalene McDougal. His grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Hollis McDougal and Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ward. Also predeceasing Bill was his sister Joy McDougal Smith. Bill is survived by his brother Thomas McDougal and his wife Janet of Dallas, Texas, and his sister Sandra McDougal Bivings and her husband Jay, as well as Joy's husband, Donald Smith, all of Valliant, Oklahoma.
Bill grew up in Valliant, Oklahoma where he was president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, lettered in baseball and basketball, President of the Valliant FFA, and raised three grand champion Hereford steers for the McCurtain County Fair. Bill was inducted into the Valliant Hall of Fame in 2010. It was also there in Valliant where he met the love of his life, Ann Riddle. They met when they were fifteen years old and married at nineteen, and they spent the next fifty-two and a half years of their lives together.
Bill obtained his Bachelor of Science ('63) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ('65) from Oklahoma State University. After post graduate training in immunology from UT Health Science Center, he became a clinical instructor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. Bill opened his first veterinary clinic in Houston in 1965. He began his specialty in dermatology in 1970. He founded Veterinary Allergy and Dermatology Referral Clinic in 1981 and continually travelled throughout Texas providing specialized dermatology care and treatment. Bill was the past President of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, past President and Life Member of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association and author and renowned speaker on dermatology at both the state and national levels.
Bill was an avid sportsman; he had forgotten more about deer hunting and saltwater fishing than most have ever known. Bill lived life to its fullest, in part because of the Type I Diabetes that he was diagnosed with at nine years of age. From scuba diving to tennis, from golf to dancing, Bill and Ann embraced life and excelled in everything they did.
Known as "Dadaddy" by his ten grandchildren, beloved "Gezzer" by his hunting and fishing buddies, Bill was an incredible husband, father, grandfather and friend. Bill loved unconditionally, with no strings attached. You were the most important person in the room when he looked at you and his smile brightened the darkest of days.
Bill is survived by his wife Ann, his daughters Julie and her husband Tommy, Dana and her husband Tim, and his son B.J. and his wife Ellen. The grandchildren who were the love of his life are Timothy, Joseph and Emily Kurtin, Sarah, Sam and Stephen Gillaspie, and Kathryn, Bethany, James and Michael McDougal.
Nothing was more important to Bill McDougal than the Lord Jesus Christ. Bill's entire life was a lesson on love, grace and mercy, and rarely did he ever need to use words. Nothing spoke louder than his love for Ann, how he raised his children, his service to his church and his sacrificial love for his friends. Everyone knew that when the chips were down, there was no friend like Bill McDougal.
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Bill during a reception from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 25th of January, by the fireplace at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas.
The Memorial Service will be conducted at four o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 26th of January, at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of customary remembrances, donations in Bill's memory may be directed to the Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church Music Fund, 8300 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX, 77024.