William Raines (Bill) Dillahunty, of Uvalde, passed away January 25, 2023 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital at the age of 86. He was born on January 1, 1937 in San Antonio, to Norman Dillahunty and Lenore Foy Dillahunty.
He married Barbara Morgan on September 28, 1960 in Fullerton, California.
He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1955 and attended Tarleton State University. He worked in retail sales for many years and was the owner of Bill’s Shoe Tree. He was a sports enthusiast and loved football, basketball, and baseball, and was a Coyote football season ticket holder for over 50 years. He was involved in many organizations and activities throughout his life including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, Texas Indian Hobbyist Association (TIHA), Kiwanis International, Uvalde Chamber of Commerce, Uvalde Historical Commission, Uvalde Girls Association, Uvalde Little League, El Progresso Library, and First United Methodist Church. He coordinated Ft. Inge Days, the Ft. Inge Haunted Hayride, and the Kiwanis Halloween Carnival. He was best known for being the leader of the Sahawe Indian Dancers for over 50 years. He was TIHA state champion in traditional dance multiple times, received the Silver Beaver award from Concho Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the recipient of the 1982 Youth Leadership Award and 1995 Uvaldean of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce, and was the Kiwanis Halloween Parade Marshall in 2018.
Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years Barbara Dillahunty of Uvalde, daughter Dee Ann Dillahunty and husband Frankie Pannell of Uvalde, son Jeff Dillahunty of San Antonio, sister Norma Lee Gabriel of Upland, California, grandchildren Dalton Hatch and wife Kadi of Bandera and Jake Dillahunty of College Station, great grandchildren Kennedi, Dawson, and Leighton Hatch of Bandera; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Lenore Dillahunty and sister Lora Carolynn (Polly) Lewis.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church, Uvalde Texas.
Memorials may be made to El Progresso Memorial Library or the Sahawe Indian Dancers.