Born May 6, 1933 in Spur, TX to Wayne McMeans and Zelma Hahn McMeans, Billy Wayne was destined to a life of family, agriculture and education. He was introduced to the love of his life, Lula Posey on a blind date in the summer of 1950 and they were married on a hot summer day, August 14, 1953 in the brides home in Stonewall County.
Billy Wayne was a proud graduate of Aspermont High School Class of 1951 and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Education in 1955.
Upon graduation from TTU, he and Lula and their first of five children, Dianna, moved to Girard, TX where he was hired as the Vocational Agriculture teacher. In 1956, the young couple moved to Ira, TX to teach Voc. Ag now with second daughter, Billie. While living in Ira, their third and fourth daughters Vickie and Kathy were born. Billy Wayne Lula thoroughly enjoyed their time in Ira making lifelong friends. In 1962, Billy was hired as the elementary school principal at Jayton ISD. Shortly after arriving in Jayton, their youngest child Joe was born. Billy Wayne received his Masters Degree in Education from Texas Tech University while at Jayton. He retired from teaching in 1991 as the Voc Ag teacher. He loved teaching children of all ages. After retirement, he received acknowledgment from many former students of how he impacted their lives.
As passionate as Billy was about teaching young people, he was equally passionate about working the land and raising cattle. He was raised on a farm in the Northwest corner of Stonewall County known as Salt Flat. As a young child he worked with his father Wayne. They would also perform custom grain harvesting, going as far North as South Dakota. Daddy would share great stories about these impressionable years and this is where his work ethic was formed. Daddy always farmed and owned cattle and horses throughout his teaching career.
Billy Wayne and Lula moved back home to the Double Mountain area of Stonewall County upon retirement from education. Dad was a proud resident of the Great State of Stonewall once again. They would expand their cattle operation and Billy fulfilled his dream of living on his and Lulas land, managing his cattle operation and helping his neighbors when they called. He especially enjoyed the fellowship he shared with his fellow cowboys while they gathered and worked cattle, often times singing his favorite country songs while they worked.
Billy Wayne was a devoted, loyal and loving husband to his Valentine Lula for 61 years. He was a romantic, and thoroughly enjoyed doting on her. He was more than any child could ever ask for as a parent providing unconditional love, support and discipline. Daddy made clear what he expected from his children. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were a source of great joy and happiness. He proved to be a strong Christian example for his family to follow for generations to come.
Billy Wayne was an Elder of Rotan Church of Christ for 6 years and was involved in prison ministry.
He is preceded in death by his parents and stepmother Dorothy McMeans.
Billy Wayne is survived by his wife of 61 years Lula daughters Dianna McMeansDan Brook, Billie ParksBill Parks, Vickie KelleyAllen Kelley, Kathy TroutCarl Trout and son Joe McMeansTracy McMeans, 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and sister Elizabeth Ann Anderson.
Pall Bearers are his grandsons. Honorary Pall Bearers include Mickey McMeans and Rotan Church of Christ Deacons and Elders.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotan Church of Christ Thanksgiving Dinner fund.