Bill Hugh Lackey, 83, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. W. Winfred Moore, pastor emeritus, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bill Hugh Lackey was born July 2, 1930, in Perryton to the late Branson Hugh Lackey and Ann Aleta Blackburn-Lackey-Warren. He peacefully died in his sleep with Dottie, his “four-legged daughter” by his side.
Mr. Lackey was always focused on his family, the families he served throughout his career as general manager of Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors, his buddies, and the dedicated involvement in the Amarillo community. Bill was longtime resident of Amarillo. A dedicated patriot who loved God and Country, he proudly served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, where he earned the rank of sergeant.
From age 15, Bill Lackey lived and breathed the real life of a dedicated and respectful funeral director. Everything he learned from this hard working and sensitive profession is attributed to his mentors, his grandfather, E.M. Blackburn, Sr., his uncles and best friends, E.M. and Percy Blackburn, the countless number of friends, colleagues, and “tongue-in-cheek” rivals he met and worked with over the 50 plus years of funeral service.
He also was preceded in death by “everyone’s friend”, his wife, Lee, in 2002 and their daughter, Jill Diane Lackey in 1959; and his sisters, Betsy Northrup and Nan Warren Sullivan.
Survivors include his children, Gwen Lackey-Crow and husband Elton “Roy” of Virginia Beach, VA, Leta Nixon of Amarillo and Hugh Lackey and wife Shannon of Canyon; a sister, Kay Warren Sheffield of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Ssgt Pamela Crow-Torres of Washington, D.C., Chelsie Marlatt of Canyon, Reese Marlatt of Enid, OK, and Tana Nixon of Amarillo; a great-granddaughter, Lily Torres; three cousins, Larry Lackey and Ed and Karen Blackburn; and nine special nieces and nephews.
The family gives thanks to the staff and friends of Interim Hospice and Healthcare, Llano Cemetery, Texas Funeral Directors Association, Palo Duro Chapter of AMBUCS and Polk Street United Methodist Church (Home Builders).
The family suggests memorials be made to The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, 804 Quail Creek, Amarillo, TX 79124; or to The Museum of the Plains, 1200 N. Main, Perryton, TX 79070.