Billy Frank Streater

December 29, 1928 - May 22, 2008


Billy Frank Streater, age 79, of Temple died Thursday, May 22, 2008.

Services for Mr. Streater will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday May 27, 2008 at the First Baptist Church in Temple with Dr. Tom Henderson and Dr. Martin Knox officiating. Burial will follow at Wilson Valley Cemetery in Little River, Texas.

Billy was born on December 29, 1928 in Heidenheimer, Texas to Anderson Cash Streater and Eula Vena Garner Streater. He went to school at Heidenheimer Elementary School. He accepted Christ as his savior at a summer revival about 1943 along with his dad. He graduated from Temple High School in May 1946. He went to Temple Junior College and graduated in May 1948.

He worked for Lone Star Gas Co. from 1948 until 1950. He was drafted in November 1950 where he was inducted in the Army at Love Field in Dallas. He was sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, then to Fort Cook in California for basic training for the infantry for five months. He was then sent to Japan for nine months. He then went to Korea for eight months where he received the Purple Heart. He went back to Japan then to California then on to Fort Hood where he was discharged. He was inducted as a recruit (not a private) and was discharged as a sergeant first class.

He married Isla Charlene Northam on October 18, 1952. They went to Sam Houston State Teachers College where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Arts and math in 1955 and with a Masters of Education in 1956. While in College at Sam Houston Mary Jane was born on November 3, 1953, a great blessing to us.

He taught industrial arts and math, in Danbury from 1955 to 1959. While in Danbury Douglas Lynn was born in Freeport on October 28, 1957, another great blessing. The Streater family moved to Temple in July 1959 to take care of their parents which lasted until 1983. At Temple High School he taught industrial cooperative training from 1959 until 1972. He wrote three study guides for the University of Texas division of extensions where one, the automobile repair, became the best seller ever. He became the vocational director for the Temple Independent School District in 1972, retiring in 1985. His passion was hunting fishing and gardening. A very important point in his life was his volunteer work with Churches Touching Lives for Christ from 1985 until his death.

He is survived by his wife Charlene Streater of Temple and a daughter Mary Jane Waits McPherden of Comanche, Texas and a son Douglas Lynn Streater, Sr. of Temple. He is also survived by grandchildren Kelli Christine Waits of Chicago, Illinois, Mary Elizabeth Streater Anthony of Belton, Texas, Julie Michell Waits of Dallas, Texas and Douglas Lynn Streater, Jr. of College Station, Texas.

A visitation will be held from 5 until 7 PM Monday May 26, 2008 at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Churches Touching Lives for Christ, Post Office Box 4482, Temple, Texas 76505.

Billy's most important thoughts were: Work at trying to do the very best you know how to do and to remember GOD-FAMILY-EDUCATION in that order.


Born: December 29, 1928
Place of Birth: Heidenheimer, Texas
Death: May 22, 2008
Place of Death: Temple, Texas


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Funeral Service

Tuesday May 27, 2008, 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church
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Monday May 26, 2008, 5-7 p.m. at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home
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Tuesday May 27, 2008 at Wilson Valley Cemetery
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Memorial donations may be made to:
Churches Touching Lives for Christ, P.O. Box 4482, Temple, Texas 76505