Billy “Bill” Ray Faulkenberry passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at his home in League City, Texas at the age of 92.
He was born on November 30th, 1928, in Panama, Oklahoma, to Frank and Edith Faulkenberry. He spent his early years attending school in Panama and playing sports. He had wonderful memories of his growing-up with lifelong friends. He later attended Northeastern State University earning his Bachelors and later his Masters Degree in Counseling.
Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He always had time for his family and provided never ending support. Additionally, he was an accomplished woodworker.
Countless lives were touched through his teaching and coaching of over 38 years in both California and Oklahoma. He’s best remembered for his caring and encouraging ways of influencing students’ lives. Whether it was baseball, football, softball or the classroom, he was known for having the “Bark that Sparks.” He got the best from his students and players through a combination of love and discipline.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edith and his sister Patsy.
Survived by his loving wife, Kathy, sons Bill Jr. and wife Marcia, Chris and wife Christy, cousin Gatha Tobler and husband Henry, grandchildren Krista Kastler and her husband Cameron, Kyle Kastler, Kersten Parrent and her husband Derek, Colby Kastler, Kaden Kastler, Casey Hurley, Katie Carter, Cameron Carter, and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in Caney, Kansas September 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, Kansas. Visitation with the family will be held immediately afterward at Caney United Methodist Church at 114 N. High.