William Charles Hefner, known to most as Billy, and to some as Wild Bill, Schlitz Billy, Mayor of the Workhorse Camp, and many other AKA’s, left this world at peace with a grin on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. He was born January 1, 1947, in Dallas, Texas, to John Milton Hefner and Idamae Miller Hefner. Billy grew up in University Park, was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church, graduated from Hillcrest High School and served in The Texas Air National Guard.
While in high school, Billy started working at W.O. Bankston Lincoln/Mercury, and there an auto mechanic was born. He left W.O. Bankston and went to work for McDougall Oldsmobile/Cadillac in Paris, Texas. He later moved back to Dallas and went to work for Jim Alee Oldsmobile until he went into business for himself. He opened Hefner Automotive in Garland until he relocated his business to Hefner Shell in University Park. After he sold the Shell Station he tried his hand at the used car business full-time, S.O.B., Sale or Buy, but decided to do that on the side and went back full-time to Jim Alee Honda. Billy spent the last 30 years of his career at Honda’s Only, renamed to Executive Imports, until his retirement.
In Paris, Billy met and fell in love with Mary Sue Christians, they were married on August 28, 1971. They had a daughter, Jill Ann and then a son, Charles Edward. They lived in Garland, Royse City, Highland Park and settled down in Rockwall, which is where he always considered home. Mary and Billy were their own unique love story that unfortunately ended in 1996 when Mary passed away, that year would have been their 25th wedding anniversary. It took another 25 years, but they are reunited again in Heaven.
Billy was an extremely involved father, he coached every team his kids were on. He served as Medicine Man of the Indian Guides and Princesses Nation YMCA Rockwall, just to name a few. He wasn't a disciplinarian but was a believer in telling it how was and teaching his kids all the lessons needed in life. He dirt track raced some over the years himself, but retired when Charlie took an interest and Billy was his son’s #1 race fan. He loved all kinds of racing but most of all NASCAR and NASCAR weekends at Texas Motor Speedway.
Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Hefner; mother, Idamae Kelso and her husband, Leeroy; father, John Hefner and his wife, Muriel; brother, Jack Hefner; step sister, Margaret Jones; step brothers, Paul and Mark Kelso; and sister-in-law, Sherry Mechels. He leaves to carry on his legacy his daughter, Jill Hefner Williams and her husband, Chris; son, Charlie Hefner and his wife, Kristie; grandchildren, Kaylynn and Colton Hefner; sister, Debbie Bodian; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Bob Brainard and Marla and Daniel McCleskey; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and countless friends. One of Billy’s favorite sayings… We Hefners are collectors of people, friends… we retain friendships for life.
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