Fawcett:FAWCETT, William Bloys (1922 - 2016)
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WILLIAM BLOYS FAWCETT, SR. was born to Leslie Clarence Fawcett and Estelle Bloys in the Bloys home in Fort Davis on November 14, 1922, after they had moved to San Antonio. Z.A. D'amrurs assisted with his birth (Jeff Davis County Birth Register). At 6 months of age he was brought down to Fawcett Furniture and placed on a bed mattress. He almost smothered when more mattresses were placed on top. His Light Newspaper route was his first job, to earn money for college, although he occasionally earned money by selling crating wood from the Store to wash women. He spent much of his spare time building things involving electricity. He enjoyed making and flying kites.
Bill graduated from Poe Junior High and then Brackenridge High School in May 1941. With his parent’s encouragement, both Bill and his brother, Leslie, became Eagle Scouts.
Bill completed two years at San Antonio Junior College (September 1941-May 1943 at the downtown location). He then transferred to the University of Texas-Austin (September -December 1943) where studied electric engineering. There he enlisted in the Army Air Corps (1943-45) and was a bombardier on a B-24 in the Pacific.
After the war he lived at home while working for Southwestern Bell Telephone (1945), until it unionized. William B. Fawcett, Sr. married Dorrie Watts in 1945, and their daughter Susan Fawcett was born on March 12, 1946. Bill joined Fawcett Furniture during the fall of 1945, joining his father and Ralph B. Fawcett when Mr. Sanders (Glady's brother) left to enter real estate. They were soon divorced, and Susan and her mother returned to California.
While serving on the Board of Directors of House of Neighborly Service (407 N Calaveras) he met Frances Gilbert (born Glendale AZ 2/13/1918). Their wedding on November 22, 1950 was the first performed at the newly completed Bethany Presbyterian on Chicago Avenue in San Antonio (Bexar County Marriage License 199462 109:57). Their three oldest children (Ruth Estelle , William Bloys, Jr. , Frank Leslie ) were born at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio. They were raised for a few years (1952-56) at new house at 1202 Vanderbilt Street, before they moved to another new home (1956-78) on 80 acres of land off Bacon Rd., about 1 mile east of I-10, about 17 miles north of San Antonio. They transferred their church membership from Bethany to Los Angeles Heights Presbyterian Church (members 1955-78; 2002 W Olmos Dr). Their youngest son, Carl Gilbert Fawcett, was born in 1957. They moved onto part of the former-Jamison Ranch (off the Upper Cibolo Creek Rd., northwest of Boerne) in 1978. After a few years in a house trailer, they build a new house (1980).
At age 65, Bill took semi-retirement, working many Thursdays and Saturdays during the 1980s at the San Antonio Habitat for Humanities projects. During 1996 he helped to build his daughter’s home and worked with her husband, Michael Rilling, to build houses for Quakers near Harper, Texas. He continues to work at Fawcett Furniture four days each week.
From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.
This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.
Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.
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