William Charles McCormick

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William Charles McCormick, known by many as Bill or Red, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his residence.  We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.  Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 69 years on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.  Followed by a graveside service in Ropesville, Texas.  

William Charles was born on November 24, 1948 to Charlie and Ina (Billie) McCormick in Lubbock, Texas.  On December 27, 1969, William married the love of his life, Frances Jean (Jeanie) Forbus at the First Baptist Church of Ropesville.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Jean (Jeanie) McCormick, two daughters, Whitney Leigh Clotfelter and husband, Craig H; Amanda Leigh Holmes and husband, Neil W; grandchildren:  Palmer Quinn and Easton Charles Holmes; Caleb McCormick and Keira Vivienne Clotfelter; sister, Paul Cawthon and husband, Homer; nephew, Jonathan Cawthon and wife Beth; great niece, Evelyn Cawthon; and aunt, Evelyn Hudgens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie T and Ina Faye (Billie) McCormick.  Memorial contributions are welcome, and the family suggest the Shriners Hospital for Children, Alzheimer’s Association or other charities of your choice.

Bill was an avid lover of sports and supported the Ropes Eagles and Texas Tech Red Raiders.  As a youth, he excelled in baseball, football, basketball, track, and band.  He graduated from Ropes High School and was elected Mr. RHS in his senior year.  He was an Eagle Scout and a FFA Lone Star Farmer.  He supported his wife with all Ropes school events and FBLA activities.  He served as co-room parent at Wester Elementary for many years. As an adult he was a Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite, and a Shriner.  He enjoyed volunteering as a clown with the Khiva Shriners Klowns and bringing joy to people as Bumfuzzle the Clown and he served as their treasurer for life.  One of his proudest accomplishments was being selected to join the Royal Order of Court Jesters.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corp as a reservist from 1969-1973 as Sergeant (E-5). 

He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. while working fo Merchants Fast Motor Freight Lines and afterward served as a sales representative for Shaw Industries for over 28 years.   After retirement, he worked as a substitute teacher at Ropes ISD.   He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Lubbock and the Richard Umstot Sunday School Class.  He served in different capacities at FBC as a department secretary, building security, and elder outreach.  He enjoyed being a Gideon and visiting with incarcerated prisoners.

Bill was a special person who never met a stranger, was bigger than life, generous, and loved to entertain people with his wonderful personality. Most of all he loved his children, family and friends with all his heart .  



Memorial contributions are welcome, and the family suggest the Shriners Hospital for Children, Alzheimer’s Association or other charities of your choice.


9 thoughts on “William Charles McCormick”

  1. So very sorry to hear of my friend Reds passing. I enjoyed his jokes, and frequent calls to say hi. He was a special man and a great sales rep. Praying for the family.

  2. Dear Family,
    I wish to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.When a family member or a close friend dies, our pain and grief can be unbearable. We feel helpless. The Bible’s promises give comfort and hope.”And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”- Revelation 21:4. I hope this will give your family comfort and hope. If you would like to know more about what the Bible promises, please visit: jw.org free of charge or obligation.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Kristy

  3. Mike and Joan Blackmon

    Mike and I were saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He always had a smile on his face and a joke to share with all. We are blessed to call him our friend. Peace to you and your family.

  4. Debbie Henderson

    Jeanie and family I am so very sorry for your loss. The world was a much better place with Red McCormick. He was the kindest person I have ever met. I hope you find comfort that he will be missed and mourned by many, many friends. I have never met anyone with his love and compassion for complete strangers. He was a legend at Calhoun Health Care in Calhoun Georgia for his loyalty to 2 elderly ladies Estelle Bryant and Norma Worley. He made the lives of these 2 ladies happy in a nursing home. He was a loyal friend to them for years, until the very end. I thank God that I had the honor to have him for a friend. I will miss him terribly. All of his many friends will miss his calls just to say hi and his jokes. Especially the monkey joke. I’ll be praying for all of you to find peace in this tremendous loss.

  5. Jeff, Kay, Colton Flores

    Red was OMG ! in life and to my family. We began our journey with Red in the Flooring business in 1990. Always caring and funny. What a guy !!!
    We will miss you Red and the way you made everyone feel special. Yes condolences, but please celebrate such a wonderful man !!

  6. What a Prince of a Man! His optimism, his kind heart, and his frequent jokes will be sorely missed. God was so generous to give us Red–He didn’t make a man any finer.

  7. Greg & Shannon Patterson

    Jeanie and family, I myself never did get to meet “Red”. He would call or e-mail me and encourage me. He knew my wife Shannon from Calhoun Health Care Nursing Home where he was
    a big encouragement to her, many residents and the nursing staff as well. She told him about me, I had a car wreck and lost my right leg above the knee. He was an amputee himself and would call or e-mail me to encourage me and give me advice about my prosthetic leg. He was always very good about sending me a funny e-mail just when I needed it. I wished I could have met him. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Jeanie and family know that you are in our prayers during this time of loss.

  8. Dr. David and Marcella Lovett

    We are so very sad to hear about Bill’s passing, he was such a joy to be around, always positive. Heaven gained a wonderful angel!

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