William Neal "Bill" Woolsey was born on November 29, 1931 to V. G. "Dimp" and Elouise Matthews Woolsey and died peacefully at home surrounded in the love of his family on the morning of July 25, 2007.
He called Corpus Christi, TX "home" being where he was born and raised and where he raised his own family. He married his wife, Jo, on March 15, 1992. Bill was a loving husband, brother, and father.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War from January 1951 to September 1954, having earned the rank of Master Sergeant at the time of his discharge. He was most proud of receiving a Commendation for Outstanding Performance of Duty as a Seaman Apprentice on the U.S.S. George Clymer in 1951 when he assisted in the rescue of five hundred U.S. troops stranded at sea. Bill attended Del Mar College prior to his military service and following his return from the war graduated from the University of Texas undergraduate program in 1955 and received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1958 while serving as Nueces County's representative to the Texas House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961. Recognized as a worthy adversary, Bill was a powerful advocate in the law having practiced in Corpus Christi his entire career. He earned recognition as one of the first attorneys to be Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and was a distinguished member of the State Bar of Texas, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Other memberships included a Life Member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the International Association of Insurance Counsel, The Texas Utility Council, and the Propeller Club of the Port of Corpus Christi where he served as President. Bill was instrumental in developing the rules of the Public Utility Commission and tried the first contested case before the PUC. He enjoyed the reputation of being a fair and just attorney, and while he never took the bench, he helped get several of his friends elected over the years. Bill was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church where he first worshipped with his parents as a boy. He was a long-standing and beloved teacher in the Jennie Hill Cooper Sunday School class and served as the Chair of the Ray and Mary Jo West Lectureship Foundation, as well as many other leadership positions in the church. Bill was a good and faithful servant who incorporated his love for the Lord in raising his family and in his law practice. He will always be remembered for his dry wit and sense of humor in addition to his devotion to God, his church, and his family. Faith in God led Bill to give of his time and talent to many organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, as board member of the Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the American Red Cross, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio. He served on the boards of the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Town Club, and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association. Additionally, he was a Trustee of the Del Mar College Foundation and served on the President's Council of Del Mar College.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents: Dimp and Elouise Woolsey.
He is survived by his wife: Jo Woolsey; his brother: and sister-in-law Robert W. "Bob" and Wyona Woolsey of Corpus Christi, Texas; the mother of his children Sandra Callaway Woolsey of Corpus Christi, Texas: his three children Jan Woolsey and her partner Lora Perkins of Redwood Shores, CA, Sharon Woolsey Kurtz and her husband Steve of San Antonio, TX, and Richard Callaway Woolsey and his wife Ruth of Corpus Christi; and seven grandchildren David and Jonathan Heacock of Austin, TX, Kristen and Hannah Kurtz of San Antonio, TX, Sarah Woolsey Montez and her husband Bet, and Bill and Meredith Woolsey all of Corpus Christi. He was also loved and will be missed by Jo's daughter: Jodi Steen of Corpus Christi, Texas and granddaughter; Jamie Steen, of San Mateo, California.
Memorial services were held Sunday, July 29, 2007 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church. Burial services preceded the memorial at Seaside Memorial Park.
Honorary pallbearers: Howard E. Butt Jr., Curtis Gruetzmacher, John Johnson, Dan Matthews, Marshall Ostrander, Scott Schmidt, and John Wehring.
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