William R. Dillahunty

William R. Dillahunty

William Raines “Bill” Dillahunty, 86, of Uvalde died on Jan. 25, 2023, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital.

There will be a celebration of life service on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Uvalde.

He was born on Jan. 1, 1937, in San Antonio to Lenore (Foy) and Norman Dillahunty. 

He married Barbara Morgan on Sept. 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 Progreso Memorial 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. 

Dillahunty is survived by his wife of 62 years, 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; two grandchildren, Dalton Hatch and wife, Kadi, of Bandera and Jake Dillahunty of College Station; three great-grandchildren, Kennedi Hatch, Dawson Hatch, and Leighton Hatch, all of Bandera; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Lora Carolynn “Polly” Lewis.

Memorials may be made to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78802, or the Sahawe Indian Dancers.