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Billy Wayne Dyess
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Obituary for Billy Wayne Dyess

Billy Wayne Dyess, 87, of Waco passed away at his home on November 21, 2017. Services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 28, at Lakewood Christian Church with Rev. Richard Roland officiating. Burial will follow at McGregor Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, November 27, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

He was born August 7, 1930, in Spur, Texas, the eldest son of D.J. and Marie Watson Dyess. He attended Spur High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1953. In 1950, Billy Wayne married his high school sweetheart, WaNelle Moss. They raised their three boys in Lubbock, Texas. He moved to Waco in 1973 and was employed by Brazos Electric Cooperative. Even through his retirement, he continued to privately consult.

He loyally served the Waco community for many years. He was a member of the Karem Shriners and Lakewood Christian Church. His passions in life were to serve the Lord, love his family, and breed and train his many horses.

He is preceded in death by his devoted wives, WaNelle Moss, Natalie Brewer, and Louise Alford; his parents; youngest sister, Betty Wyatt and husband, Skip; and brother-in-law, Jim Sharp.
He is survived by one sister, Nell Sharp of Spearman, and a brother, Bob and wife, Cookie Dyess, of Gail. Left to remember him are his sons, Gary and wife, Mary, of Azle, Greg and wife, Margie, of Slaton, and Bobby Jack and wife, Cindy, of Bailey, Mississippi. Papa Bill also leaves behind eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his entire family at Homestead Heritage.

The family would like to thank the community of Homestead Heritage for their love and devotion to Bill.

His charismatic personality meant he never met a stranger, and all that knew him will cherish his memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Lakewood Christian Church, 6509 Bosque Boulevard, Waco TX 76710; Shriners Hospitals for Children, 6077 Main Street, Houston TX 77030; or Evangel Life Ministries, P.O. Box 261, Elm Mott TX 76640, or the charity of one’s choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home

6101 Bosque Blvd.
Waco, TX 76710





11:00 AM
Lakewood Christian Church

6509 Bosque Blvd.
Waco, TX 76710

Cemetery Details


McGregor Cemetery

Highway 317
McGregor, TX 76657


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