William Henry (Bill) Bodenhamer, 100, of Brady, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Brady.
He was born April 27, 1911, in Brady to Thomas Lee Bodenhamer and Annie May (Smith) Bodenhamer.
He was a graduate of Brady High School. He married Audre Lee (Snookie) Hallmark Feb. 12, 1937. He moved to San Antonio and worked for the Fort Sam Houston General Depot and Kelly Field for many years. He married Alma Louise (Hills) White Feb. 2, 1969, in San Antonio. Upon retirement in 1972, he moved back to Brady, where he played golf every day for 10 years. He also enjoyed playing dominoes and working in his yard.
In May of 1992, at the age of 81, he began writing his memoirs at the request of his daughter. By October his memoirs were completed and he had an opportunity to fill in for a columnist for The Brady Standard for three months. His memories of olden times was well received and he was given a column of his own. His first column under the title of “Mostly Memories” was published Dec. 18, 1992. In December of 1992 he also compiled a book of stories entitled “Memories, Moments Shared and Miscellaneous Thoughts and Writings.” In 2005, his grandson, Jon Sanders edited and published some of his stories and remembrances entitled “If I Could Have My Druthers.” After the death of his wife in 2007, he became disinterested in writing and using the computer.
No services are scheduled at this time. Interment will be at Live Oak Cemetery at a later date.
Friends may sign the on-line memorial guest book at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com.
Bill is survived by his son Jeffrey E. (Jeb) Bodenhamer of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Barbara Machado of San Antonio; a step-daughter, Glee Griffin and husband, James of Brady; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, three brothers, three sisters and two grandsons.
Arrangements were entrusted to Leatherwood Memorial Chapels of Brady.