Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Polk Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kevin Deckard, associate pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bill was born to Cecil and Augusta Day in Payne County on Nov. 12, 1941, in a rock house 11 miles East of Pawnee, Okla. He loved to tell his poor stories and lived on a farm until age 14, when he and his mother and dad moved to Stillwater, Okla. to care for an ailing grandmother.
Bill graduated Stillwater High in 1959, and joined the Navy at age 17. He was a medic in the Navy for 6 years. Bill started a floral career at Deans Designs in 1965, while attending Wichita State University School of Business. He married JoAnn Zimmerman on May 9. 1964, in Protection, Kansas. Bill and JoAnn moved to Enid, Okla. where Camille Renee was born and Bill and his wife managed Southern Floral. Bill joined Lions Club in Enid in 1967 and was a Lions member since. Bill and his family moved to Amarillo in 1969, and he worked for Freeman’s Flowers as manager before buying Freeman Flowerland in 1971. Bill and JoAnn changed the name and owned Bill Day’s Flowerland from 1971-1988. Another daughter, Melissa Joy was born to already proud father of one daughter, now two beautiful girls in 1970.
Bill designed on various floral design shows, Oklahoma State in 1967 and 1969, South Plains Midland Odessa in 1971, West Texas/New Mexico Florist Association in 1974, Big Country Design School in 1976, Tall in Texas Design School in 1975, Texas State Association in 1976 and Houston Allied Association in 1978, and judged other designs on many occasion.
Bill served as president of West Texas Florist Association 1978-79, Amarillo Downtown Lions Club 1982-83, Texas Society to Prevent Blindness 1988-89, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Roundup Club 1984-86, United Methodist Men 1994-95, appointed as member of Texas Lions Foundation in 2002 and was an instructor at Amarillo College 1970-85, He also served on the boards of Greater SW Music Festival 1973-78, Panhandle Motel/Hotel and Restaurant Association 1978-88, Better Business Bureau and Polk Street Methodist Church 1972-80 and 1987-89, where he and his family were members since 1970. He was a speaker on weekly live Noon Action News Show on Channel 4, KAMR-TV from 1981-82 and on Noon Show on Channel 10 from 1978-80. Bill was an official member of Hanson Post 54, American Legion.
He worked at JC Penney from 1992-2004, hiring and training associates until retirement in 2004. Bill then worked on his rental properties, some since mid 70’s. He always said you really have to love people to be a landlord. Amen to that!
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Day, of the home; two daughters, Camille Day Nies and husband Andy of Amarillo and Melissa Day and Michael Biggs of Austin; and grandchildren, Mackenzie and Will Nies, Mason Hathcock, and Tori and Gavin Biggs.
The family suggests memorials be made to Amarillo College Foundation, Suzuki Fund, P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, Texas 79178; or to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101.