The Duncan Banner

June 19, 2013

William Chapman Southerland


The Duncan Banner

RUSH SPRINGS — William Chapman Southerland was born Dec. 10, 1933, in Rush Springs, to Mellie Mae Ethel Chapman and William Henry Southerland. He graduated in 1951, from Chickasha High School in Chickasha.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He met the love of his life and wife of 54 years while on a church choir hayride in Chickasha in 1958. He and Patricia Ann Kennedy married Jan. 24, 1959, in Waurika, at the First Baptist Church.

William received his degree in chemical engineering in 1959, from the University of Oklahoma, and then began working for Getty Oil in Venice, La., that same year. He transferred to Hobbs, N.M., Midland, Texas, Pampa, Texas, and then back to Midland, where he retired from TEXACO (Getty).

Throughout his lifetime, he was always involved in church and he loved music, especially singing and playing the piano. He loved telling jokes, was an avid reader, enjoyed playing games and spending time with family. He was a lifelong active member of the Baptist Church, where he served in many roles including singing in the worship choir and serving as a deacon. William was a loving and faithful husband, father, and grandfather. Everyone loved his stories and his jokes.

In the 1970s, he joined a local chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.) and was active in his quartet, “The Mayor’s Forum” and “The Sun Country Gentlemen Chorus.” He was a long-time member and past director of the Midland Downtown Lions Club, and looked forward to flipping pancakes at the Lions’ Pancake Jamboree each year.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Patricia “Pat” Southerland; brother, Woodrow “Woody” Southerland and wife Sandy of Irving, Texas; son, Kennedy Southerland of Euless, Texas; daughters: Marsha Coffee and husband Clyde of Pampa, Texas, Nancy Houston and husband Brian of Levelland, Texas; granddaughters: Tara Thornton and husband Luke of Amarillo, Texas, and Heather Coffee of Pampa; grandsons: James Coffee and wife Nicole of Amarillo, Heath Houston, Blake Houston and Brady Houston all of Levelland.

Family will received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at First Baptist Church with George Koehl officiating and David Johnson assisting. Family will also receive friends from 10 to noon Saturday, June 22, at the Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Waurika Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Harmony Foundation at www.barbershop.org or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org.

Arrangements are under direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.