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 William Webster Atwell

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William Webster Atwell

  • Birth 31 Dec 1932 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Death 8 Aug 2006 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 126839039

William Webster Atwell shared a love of life and charm that will be missed by all.

Known for his indomitable spirit, his visionary role in the development of the San Antonio River, and many other accomplished restorations and developments, he died in Houston, Texas on August 8, 2006 after complications from liver cancer surgery.

He was 73. Born in Dallas, Texas on December 31, 1932, he was preceded in death by his parents, Laura Burgher Atwell and Webster Atwell and sister, Adrienne Atwell. He is survived by his wife, Gena Jay Atwell; former wife, Elizabeth Slater Dudley; brother, Anthony; daughter, Adrienne Atwell; son, William Hawley Atwell II and his wife, Wendy; daughter, Betty Aldredge Atwell, and stepdaughter, Emily and her husband, John Mecom III; and grandchildren, Alex and Jonathon Huff; Annie, Cita and Ally Atwell; and Hannah, Merritt, Lilah, and Wyatt Mecom.

Bill attended Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield Massachusetts, and graduated as a business major from Southern Methodist University. He was stationed in Panama during the Korean War where he served for two years. In 1957, he married Elizabeth Slater and they were married for twenty-six years. He began a career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, then moved to Roswell, NM where he served on the Roswell City Council. He moved to San Antonio in 1964, where he was renowned for his success in real estate development and restoration, receiving two awards from the San Antonio Conservation Society for the restoration of the Walker Furniture Co. Building and the Book Building.

He served on the boards of the Southland Corporation, KLRN, Sunshine Cottage, Banco de San Antonio and the Conopus Club. He was a member of the Texas Cavaliers, German Club, Conopus Club, Town Club, Order of the Alamo, the Argyle, Club Giraud, San Antonio Country Club, The Breakfast Club, and the Coon Creek Club in Athens, Texas.

He married Gena Jay of Houston, Texas, in 1990, and for fifteen years they traveled and enjoyed their ranch in Blanco, Texas and their second home and many close friends in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Â"IÂ've had a good time,Â" he assured his son in a recent conversation. His handsomeness, bravery and charisma continues to inspire all who knew him.

He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio and First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock. Bill greatly supported the church in Blowing Rock, and his close friend and minister, Marshall Edwards, will speak at his memorial service.

Obituary courtesy of Memorial Networks.

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  • Created by: Dan Scott
  • Added: 24 Mar 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 126839039
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Webster Atwell (31 Dec 1932–8 Aug 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126839039, citing Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dan Scott (contributor 46822685) .