July 6 Obituaries
William D. Ellington, 87, known by all who loved him as Bill, left this earth on June 29, 2018 in Colorado City after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Ellington are pending at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Bill was born on Aug. 17, 1930, to William Joseph and Lillie Hughes Ellington in Mangum, Okla., the youngest of seven children. As a young boy, the family moved to Snyder, where he got a lesson in hard work by working with his family in the cotton fields around Snyder. He received his formal education at Hermleigh, eventually becoming a graduate of Hermleigh High School.
Bill was a veteran, having joined the Air Force during the Korean War, but he only served a short time because he had three older brothers who were also serving. When his father became ill, the Air Force sent him home to care for the family.
Bill’s adult life was spent pursuing various occupations. He was a truck driver, a welder, a neon sign maker, a construction worker and a manager of a plumbing warehouse. Bill was best known, however, for being a superb tinkerer. He could take various parts of things most people would have thrown away and create something useful for him to use around his house. He could always be found in his shop coming up with a new idea.
Bill moved to Colorado City a few years back to be close to his only child, where he kept himself busy fixing up his house until ill health put him in Mitchell County Rehabilitation and Care Center, where he was well cared for.
He was preceded in death by his two wives, his parents, four brothers, two sisters and one grandson.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Hurt and her husband, Ruben, of Colorado City; one grandson and his namesake, William “Billy” Botts Sr. and his wife, Carolynn, of Ira; one granddaughter, Beverly Groat of Snyder; another grandson, Tommy Botts of San Angelo; six great-grandsons; six great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Juanita Ellington of Abilene.