Monday, February 18, 2013

Billy Lee "Bill" Medlin - 1934-2013

Mineral Wells lost a valued and much loved member of its community last Tuesday. Bill Medlin, the older brother of the 50 Year Club's treasurer, Earl Medlin, passed away in a Fort Worth hospital on February 12. He was 78 years old, having been born in Cairo, Illinois on April 9, 1934. His services were held at the First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, where he had been a member for many years. Another brother, Pete Medlin, and a nephew, Ricky Medlin, preceded him in death, as did his parents, Forest and Margaret Moore Medlin.

Bill was a very active participant in various social and civic organizations. He served as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor of Mineral Wells for many years, was involved in the Chamber of Commerce, and was a Reserve Police Officer with the highway patrol and city police.

He was very involved in the Masonic Lodge. The positions he held included past Master of Mineral Wells Lodge #611, past District Deputy of Masonic District #113, past Commander of the Commandery, past High Priest of the Chapter, past Thrice Illustrious Master of the Council and was a member of the Moslah Shrine. He received many awards as a Mason: included were his KYCH pin from the York Rite and the 50-year service award from the Grand Lodge of Texas and from the Texas York Rite bodies.

As a youth in Baltimore, Maryland, he played little league baseball with Hall of Famer, Al Kaline, and attended Baltimore City College. He was in the Mineral Wells High School Class of 1953. During the Korean War, Bill joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Japan. On June 2, 1955, he married Marlene "Marge" Goldston.

His professional life included working many years as the manager of the Cable Television Systems and Manufacturing and instructor at Southern Airways during the Vietnam War. After 20 years of service, he retired in 2009 as Computer Instructor from Corrections Corporation of America. 

Bill received the "John Mankin Award" from the Texas Cable Television Association in 1983 and served as past president of that organization. He was a past president of the Mineral Wells Rotary Club, past Commander of the American Legion Post 75, and past member of the Kiwanis Club.

He left behind a loving family, including his wife, Marge, and their three children. His grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Earl and wife Linda, nieces, nephews, and other family members will truly miss him, as will his many, many friends.

Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, Texas
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home,

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