Billy Edward Stinson

Billy Edward StinsonBilly Edward Stinson

One of the great things about living in a small town is there is normally one rare individual who many can call their Mr. Fix-it or handyman. Billy Stinson  was such a man and was the go-to-guy for many Midlothian residents when they needed something repaired. He could fix almost anything!

 

My first encounter with Billy was in 2001.  I noticed right off that he was a gentle, quiet peaceful man of immense mechanical talent and ability. He lived in a mobile home on the alley just around the corner from my home. We got to know each other well. I even bought a used lawn mover from him once.

It was a common sight to see Billy working in his outdoor workshop most everyday, mowing his lawn or just tinkering in his workshop. He loved to be busy and to be outside.   To me, the sight of seeing him most everyday working in his shop was  reassuring to me, in a way.   It let me know, that in this crazy world there really are a few good people. Billy Stinson was good people!

During the winter months, he would keep a fire going in a barrel or wood stove to keep him warm while working. We could always tell when he was working because we could smell the smoke from burning wood as  it drifted around the neighborhood.

He  always loved to go down to the local Dairy Queen where he would have lunch with his many friends.  I would see him there on many occasions and we would talk a little.  I found out he was from Kentucky but had been in these parts  for a good while  having worked and retired from TXI Cement Plant.

I hadn’t seen Billy for a few day, and was getting concerned. Then  I noticed there were several cars parked at his trailer they seemed to be removing stuff from his home. Was Billy ill or what?

I knew his daughter worked at Doc Felty’s office and on my next  a visit, his daughter let me know that Billy, her dad, had passed away while undergoing an surgery.  I can’t express the sense of loss I felt at losing a friend such as Billy. I suddenly realized our little corner of Midlothian was never going to be the same without Billy Stinson working in his outdoor workshop.

Billy Edward Stinson January 18, 1930 - March 9, 2013

Billy Edward Stinson, age 83, a resident of Midlothian went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2013. Billy was born in Akersville, Kentucky on January 18, 1930. He worked for TXI for 17 years as a millwright and welder. Billy was an avid collector of knives and fishing poles. He enjoyed attending gun and knife shows trying to add more knives to his extended collection. He also loved the outdoors and especially loved to fish.

Billy is survived by his three daughters, Peggy Wilkinson, Kathy Stewart and Pennie Morin; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Darrel and a grandson, Justin Stewart.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Midlothian Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Midlothian Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Little Bethel Cemetery in Duncanville, Texas

Funeral services are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home, 1826 W. HWY 287 Business, Waxahachie, Texas.