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William Aaron (Bill) Horrell passed away May 23, 2017. He was born June 13, 1937, to William Paul Horrell and Maude Giger Horrell. He graduated from Sarcoxie High School in 1955 and attended Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State University), in Springfield, and graduated in 1960 with a degree in marketing and management. He was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.
Bill spent four years in ROTC receiving his commission upon graduation. He then graduated from Officers Basic Training at Ft. Benning, Ga., and was assigned to Ft. Hood, Texas, as a training officer for two years. After he finished active duty, he worked for the Army for two years running an Army reserve center. He was transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood as a post security officer.
Upon resigning from the Army Reserves, he went to work for Burrough Corp. selling large computer systems to banks and large corporations out of Joplin and Little Rock, Ark. He was employed there for 19 years, then he moved his family to the family's Missouri century farm, in Sarcoxie.
He bought the Foster Insurance Agency, in Sarcoxie, and sold insurance and worked doing taxes and bookkeeping. He also became an agent for the Missouri License Bureau, which he and his wife, Jerry, ran for 20 years, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the Joplin Rotary Club for several years. Upon moving to Sarcoxie he joined the Sarcoxie Lions Club, where he was a member for 30 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sarcoxie and the Sarcoxie Golf Club, where he was an avid golfer.
He married Geraldene Atkinson, of Springfield, March 19, 1960.
They had four children, Tracy Ann Yount (Mark), of Joplin, Tara Lynn Boening, of Danvers, Mass., Dawn Marie Horrell, of Sarcoxie and David Horrell (Kim), of Sparta; five grandchildren, Steven Yount (Rachel), of Ft. Mill, S.C., Scott Yount (Courtney), of Joplin, Samuel Yount (Audra), of Lancaster, Calif., Kelly Burgess (Tyler), of Joplin, and Molly Horrell, of Sparta; six great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service, with full military honors, will be held at the First United Methodist, in Sarcoxie, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, with Pastor James Yost officiating.
The family has requested that memorial donations be given to the Sarcoxie Lions Club, and may be left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website, www.housh-goodwinfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.
Published on May 31, 2017
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