William Clayton Greenlee

William Clayton “Billy” Greenlee was born October 27, 1942. Billy’s younger years started off rough, but in spite of this he became an exceptional man. Billy spent his first 22 years believing he was born in 1943, but upon entering the Army he found out he was actually a year older and that his name was not “Billy William.” He spent time in the Harris County Home for Boys in Clear Lake where his love for boxing and rodeo began. Billy raised and showed a cow that would go on to win the Houston Fat Stock in 1958. Also that year, he was the runner up in the Golden Gloves Fly Weight boxing division, and in 1960 he was the Houston Golden Gloves Open Feather Weight Champ. Billy went on to graduate from Milby High School in 1962 where he made lifelong friends. Billy enlisted in the Army serving as a Special Forces Aidman (“Green Beret”) with training as a medic and paratrooper. Upon returning to Houston, Billy hit the rodeo circuit riding bulls. He later received a B.S. from University of Houston. He intended to become a teacher and coach, but found his calling as a master plumber and entrepreneur.

The true joys in Billy’s life were his family and friends. Sandra and Billy married in 1964. He loved to tell the story about how the justice of the peace gave him a military discount and that it was the best five dollars he ever spent. In 1968, they welcomed Scott into the world. Billy loved being a dad and he was the greatest father a child could ever want. Before Scott was even walking, he was Billy’s constant companion whether it be to job sites, hunting leases, fishing, rodeos, motorcycles races, and maybe even a few fist fights. He was fiercely proud of Scott and even prouder when he became Gramps to his namesake Will, whom he affectionately coined Meatball. Billy was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time with friends hunting Whitetail deer and dove in South Texas and Mexico. He loved Texas history, especially the Texas Rangers; and he had a remarkably keen eye for finding arrowheads.

Billy passed peacefully with his family by his side on February 27, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary, brothers Edward and Jimmy, sister Rosemary, and his beloved Uncle Frank, Uncle Tony, and Aunt Josie. He is survived by his much adored wife of 55 years, Sandra, son Scott, daughter-in-law Rozanne, grandson Will, who he was training to be the next featherweight contender, his dear cousin Esther, and his loyal dogs, Gracie and Ike, who guarded and watched over him in his last years.

It’s impossible to encapsulate in words the spirit of a man who was so much larger than life. Despite his short stature, Billy’s heart and life were as big as they come. He never met a stranger and if you were a friend, you were a friend for life. Billy’s generosity was well known. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. His personality and smile brightened the room and warmed your heart. Please join the family to celebrate Billy’s incredible life on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster.


  1. I am so sad for Billy’s family. I know he was so loved by each and especially Sandra. She loved and cared for him with exceptional dedication.
    I send my love to Sandra and family.

    Mitzi McEwen
    • I worked for Billy for 10 years & thought he was the most generous soul I had ever met. He fondly called me Chunks & I called him Shorty. He was a heck of a boss. He helped me & my family in so many ways during those years, I will never forget that. He became not only my boss but a true friend. I loved hearing all his wonderful stories about his life. He truly lived an extraordinary one. He could always make me laugh. My heart & prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace Billy.

      Sandy Roberts
  2. I remember watching Billy fight in the Golden Gloves. Great Milby Memories. Condolences, Love and Prayer to Billy’s family. Love in Christ, Boyce Honea(Milby class of 1959)

    Boyce Honea
  3. I remember Billy from high school, graduating in 1962. It’s good to know he had a happy life.

    Stephanie Danaher
  4. Billy, or “Uncle Billy” as he was often referred to, was a great man. I have many fond memories of hunting with him in South Texas, playing cards or telling jokes. I went on my first quail hunt with him, and some of the other Cactus Jump crew, and their sons when I was 8 years old. His love for hunting and having fun helped make each trip all the more fun to be on. He was a tough but fair employer, and I have fond memories of working for him while in college. He did a lot for me personally, and professionally, too much to list here.

    You will be missed.

    My sincere condolences for his family and close friends.

    Hugh J. Plummer, Jr
  5. Speaking for David Roessler, he admired Billy and respected his tenacity in everything he did. Speaking for myself, Sandra, I appreciate and understand the journey you now taking. May God bless you and your family in the days and weeks ahead. My condolences.

    Carolyn Hulsey Berry
  6. I remember Billy as a sophomore at Milby trying out as a lineman on the football team. He gave his all with a sense of humor. He was a good friend to many and his life was a contribution to us. A race and journey completed.
    Ed Fullerton


    Ed Fullerton
  7. Condolences to the Greenlee family. My prayers are with you. May God bring comfort and peace to you and your family.

    Maria Godinez
  8. He was pretty remarkable the King of the Kangaroo punch , he would leap at you and hit you harder than you would think possible
    He was a very good friend

    David Little
  9. He was as a wonderful friend who I thought the world of. The last time I talked to him was at least 50 years ago, he said he was not going to call. me again because I never called him l told him not to worry I would call him. I never did. Now I am heart broken. Remember to call your loved ones. Condolences to Sandra and the family. I am so sorry.

    Ned Bush
  10. My heart is breaking, Billy my best friend you’re gone now. We had many adventures together over the last 50 + years. A truly great man has passed. You will be missed by me and many others.

    Jerry Wilkins
  11. Doug and I had so much fun with Billy we adored him and so did my brother Pete and his family. We all hunted together on the Adobe Welder Ranch for about 10 years. My son D.J. and my nephews Gill and Hugh learned so much from Uncle Billy. Billy had a personality that always cheer you up and a God given talent to overcome and survive the wilderness. Great Friend and Hunter Our prays are with you Sandra, Scott and family.

    Diana Knutzen
  12. Billy was a second dad to me. He had the heart of a Lion and yet the caring touch of a parent. He will truly be missed by all, and especially by me. Now that I have children I hope I follow Billy’s teachings. My children loved Billy, they called him the Cookie Man. He always had a treat for them when we visited. I thank Sandra & Scott for sharing Billy with us. He will forever missed.

    Scott Organ
  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family Scott. Your dad was quite the man and his stories will live on through you, family and friends.

    Daniel Olivo
  14. When ever a Milby “family member” passes I feel like our great group of Charlie Buffalos has lost a warrior to the after life. I had the great experience of running track with Billy back in 1960-1961. We ran cross-country events during the fall and Billy was a scrappy competitor to say the least. Seemed to always keep us laughing during those 1-2hr runs through the parks where we practiced. It is certainly great to know that his path through life brought him success and happiness. It’s too bad that a lot of his classmates didn’t know of Billy”s challenges in his early life. I never saw Billy after graduating and I wondered at times what his life was presenting to him. I am so glad to hear of all of his accomplishments. Another Milby distinguished graduate. My family’s condolences.

    Jim Hartman
  15. Billy taught me two important life lessons: Watching him chuckle and smile in the face of a challenge was an example for me when first coming out of college that I’ve carried with me for the past 25 years and try to continue to deploy. When telling a story about yourself it needs to be unvarnished, revealing and underpinned by humility to impactful and enduring, think “coveralls and hunting.” Billy helped Angie and I many times in our first house in League City and we treasure our memories of his generosity and my time with him on the wonderful hunting trips in Mexico. We continue to pray for Billy’s swift ascent to Heaven and our Lord’s healing hand’s to ease Sandra, Scott and the rest of the family’s grief.

    Don Baughman Jr.
  16. Met Billy years back. Jerry Fell introduced us. They were a great couple! Know he will be missed! Prayers to his family.

    Stevie Powell

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