William (Bill) Lawrence Narrell, 83, a longtime resident of Amarillo, TX, passed away on March 19, 2020.
A celebration of life memorial service will be at St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Dr. Jim Smith officiating on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Arrangements are with Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bill was born June 28, 1937 in Loraine, Texas to Cub and Judy Narrell. Bill grew up working on the family farm with his siblings Sue, Garland, and Jackie. He graduated from Loraine High School in 1956, where he loved to brag that he graduated in the top 10 of his class… of 11. Sports always played a big role in Bill’s life, and he loved to escape the rigors of farm chores to play all kinds of athletics. Upon graduation, Bill hitchhiked his way to Oklahoma to play junior college football. He then boxed in a Golden Gloves Tournament to land himself a spot playing football at McMurry. It was there that he met his future wife, Evelyn Miller. They were married on December 3, 1960 at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksboro, TX. Bill’s first coaching job was in Los Fresnos, Texas. Football became a great love not only for Bill, but for Evelyn as well. In 1962 he was drafted into the United States Army and served until 1964. He and Evelyn lived in France for 2 years. When he returned, he was a graduate assistant at McMurry and graduated with his Master’s Degree. He had coaching stints in Dimmit, Hereford, Big Spring, and Leveland, until he finally arrived at Amarillo High School in 1975 where he was the defensive coordinator until he retired in 2002. Many remember him from his history classes and even driver’s ed. He loved coaching football at Amarillo High where he was the defensive coordinator for 27 years. He achieved great success by annually having one of the district’s best defensive units. Most would say that he was firm, but fair. Known for his booming voice that could even be heard in the press box at Dick Biven’s stadium. He and Evelyn had such a love for football and for the Sandies. Bill’s greatest coaching success was being able to be on the sidelines to watch both his sons, Britt and Eric, strap on the pads and play for the Sandies.
St. Stephen United Methodist Church and the John Mark Sunday School class were a great joy. Because of Evelyn’s habitual tardiness to church, Bill took his own vehicle and arrived early every Sunday to make coffee for his Sunday school class. They had lifelong friends at church, their coaching family, and throughout the community. They both loved people and spending time entertaining and going to social events. He and Evelyn loved to dance and would look for any reason to cut a rug. They also enjoyed snow skiing and camping. The family enjoyed going to Jack’s Creek campground in northern New Mexico every summer for 2 weeks. Once grandkids came along, the same energy Bill put into coaching he put into being “Granddaddy”. Camping with the grandchildren became a favorite summertime activity where Bill would teach the grandchildren how to build campfires, swing, ride horses, chop wood and… become tough! Bill and Evelyn loved watching their grandchildren participate in all kinds of athletics and would do all they could to be at each one’s event.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marian Evelyn Narrell.
He is survived by his two sons, Britt and daughter-in-law Daphne of Andrews, TX, and their three children, Blake currently serving in the Air Force in Japan, Katie, and Beau, Eric and daughter-in-law Jennifer of Naples, FL, and their three children, Chloe and husband Barrett Barker of Grapevine, TX, Parker and Cooper. He is also survived by his sister Sue Nebrig of Bella Vista, AR, brother Garland and wife Dorothy of Flower Mound, TX and brother Jackie of Bonita Springs, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be sent to Always A Sandie Scholarship, in honor of Bill Narrell, 2800 Paramount Amarillo, TX 79109.