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William Louis Herring, Jr.

April 10, 1962 ~ January 28, 2020 (age 57)


William Louis Herring, Jr. was born in Houston, Texas on April 10, 1962. He went to heaven on January 28th., 2020. Willie is survived by his siblings, Debora Redford Weatherford (Freddy), Alan Redford, Shelle Adams Dollins, Travis Adams, John Herring (Michelle) and Kirsten Herring. He will be forever missed by his beloved Aunt Sara, her world will never be the same. Willie also leaves behind his Uncle Mike, his stepfather, Bill Alexander, many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Willie was preceded in death by his twin brothers, Charlie and Bill Adams. His father, William Louis Herring, Sr., Big Willie, left this Earth on March 16, 1994. His precious mother, Mollie, passed away on November 5, 2014. A lot of living took place in Willie's 57 years, 9 months and 18 days. Willie enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved hanging out with family and friends. Since being back in the Houston area, he liked watching movies, looking at the Gulf and truly enjoyed seeing a beautiful sunset. He especially enjoyed spending time at Debbie and Freddy's home in Sugar Land. He loved for Debbie to make him a "good cup of coffee". He loved her cooking. He often said she was the best big sister in the world. These last several years Debbie worked tirelessly to make sure Willie had everything he needed. Shelle, was not only Willies's baby sister, she was his loving close friend. He loved his brother, Travis, and tried to help him. His big brother, Alan, and he had become roommates and grown closer these last few years. Willie was very proud of his little brother, John, and all he had accomplished in business and in life with Michelle and Payton. He would love it that his nephew, Parker, will carry his middle name. Willie's first born nephew, Jeff, would often stop by, laugh, talk and just hang out with him. Jeff loved his Uncle Willie so much. When Willie was in his 20's he learned to dance and he was a natural at it. That was all it took. After that he ruled the dance floor. The ladies loved him and loved dancing with him. Willie had a heart of gold. He was kind, funny, generous, never met a stranger and would give you his last dollar if you needed it. Willie was married four times. Lori, Shelley, Dee Dee and his last true love, Terry. Starting at a very young age, Willie's Dad taught him roofing. Big Willie also taught his youngest son, John, roofing at an early age. Little Willie was good at anything he tried. First roofing, then Plant Operator at GATX Terminals for over 10 years. At GATX he also served as the representative of the men to the Union. After following his family when they moved to the Dallas area, he did ticket sales for many years. Willie had a strong faith in God, he believed in Jesus, and said many times that he knew he had survived many things in his life because he was watched over by his guardian angels. He was always so thankful and appreciative of anything anyone did for him. His niece Ashley and her husband, Jonas, were always there for Willie when he needed them. He loved being their kids Uncle Willie, loved baby sitting and just spending time with them.  All of his family loved him and tried to help when times were tough. His Aunt, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, were always there for him. Life was not always kind or easy for our Willie. But he never lost his faith, he believed he had a purpose. He tried so very hard to turn his life around. We are all so proud of how hard he fought the good fight to do what was right. Willies's sudden passing has left us all heartbroken and deeply saddened. Even though he will live on in our hearts forever, he left us too soon. In Willies's last days he was surrounded by family and loved ones. Terry and Ashley were each holding his hands as he drew his last breath. You can relax now my precious boy. You are safely home.  We will all be together again one day, in a place where there is no pain, no fear, no loneliness and no struggles.

"Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"

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 Service Program


Memorial Service
February 22, 2020

2:00 PM
Gateway Funerals & Cremation
17390 Preston Rd. Suite 310
Dallas, TX 75252

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