Willie Anthony Antill, 79, of Angleton died suddenly and peacefully Sunday, April 28 in Friendswood, Texas.
Willie was born in Houma, Louisiana on a sugar cane farm. His youth was spent in South Louisiana, where he developed a lifelong love for hunting, fishing, and especially seafood. His Cajun heritage translated easily to life on the Texas Gulf Coast. Willie’s family moved the Brazosport area in the mid 1940’s where his father worked in industry and his mother taught school.
The family bought land in the Bastrop Bayou area, moved into a small house, and life in the country began anew. As the only house north of Bastrop Bayou, they had no electricity, no running water, and no indoor plumbing. This did not stop Willie from inviting friends out for weekends and all were excited to experience a day or two of roughing it. There the youths enjoyed riding horses, roping cows and countless other adventures in the undeveloped lowlands.
Willie was a 1957 graduate of Brazosport High School and also a graduate of Sam Houston State University. He served honorably in the Air Force Reserve. In the late 1960’s he made his own home on Bastrop Bayou, adjacent to his parents, and raised his family there. Willie worked for Dow Chemical for 26 years before retiring. In his retirement he was blessed with many years of happy times with his children and grandchildren, mostly spent rambling about his beloved homestead. His family is especially grateful for his steadfast promotion of education, hard work, and simple pleasures.
Willie is survived by his wife, Sandra, and their children, Tracey Antill and his wife Amy, and his daughter, Alison Muecke, all of Friendswood, Texas. He left behind adored grandchildren, Sydney, Avery, Mackenzie and Garrett, and his own sister, Naomi Smith, of West Columbia. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Iona and Willie Antill, and his beloved son-in-law, Tom Muecke.
Services will be Friday, May 3, at Stroud Funeral Home in Clute. Visitation will be from 9:00 -11:00 with services to follow at 11:00. Burial will follow at Restwood Cemetery on Dixie Drive.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to ActionS, Inc., 1524 E. Mulberry, Suite 135, Angleton., 77515.