Billy D. Bitner

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Billy Darwin Bitner, 59, of Waco, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014.


VISITATION: 6-8 PM, Monday, July 21st

FUNERAL SERVICES: 10 AM, Tuesday, July 22nd, Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco.

INTERMENT: Oakwood Cemetery

Billy Darwin was born on October 31, 1954, to Billy Hugh and the late Iva Lena (Morris) Bitner, in Houston, Texas, the first born of four children. He was a 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University. Billy married Judith “Judy” Ann Key on January 6, 1979 in Alvin, Texas, and they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this past January. Together, they had three children. Billy Darwin enjoyed playing baseball, hunting, and spending time with family. He was employed at Central Texas Iron Works, Inc. for 25 years, and enjoyed his job and fellow coworkers. He was a faithful servant of the Lord, and served as a deacon for many years. Billy was a coach for his children’s sports teams, always participating and being active in his children’s lives. He was an excellent husband and father, and later, a cherished and doting grandfather.

Billy Darwin is survived by his loving wife, Judy Ann (Key) Bitner of Waco; one son, Billy Darrin Bitner of Waco; two daughters, Tiffany Ann (Bitner) Crook and husband, Jonathan Beau, of Crawford, and Brittany DeAnn (Bitner) Ringo and husband, Robert William, of Waco; two granddaughters, his precious sweetie pies, Emma LeAnn Crook and Molly Katherine Ringo; two grandsons, one little slugger, Gavin Autrey Crook and the newest little slugger, Edwin Scott Crook, due to arrive in August, whom he was very anxious to meet. Billy is also survived by his father, Billy Hugh Bitner and wife, Ruby, of Rosenburg; two brothers, Daryl Bitner and wife, Teresa, of Alvin, and Bert Bitner and wife, Denise, of Alvin; one sister, Darla (Bitner) Armstrong and husband, Daniel, of Alvin; multiple aunts, and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephew; as well as many friends.

Pallbearers will be Bert Daniel Bitner, Daryl Eugene Bitner, Billy Darrin Bitner, Jonathan Beau Crook, Richard Tarver, and Robert William Ringo. Honorary Pallbearer, Billy Hugh Bitner.

The Family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Raley, the Providence Staff at 4 North, as well as Dr. Davis and Hospice Staff.


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Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. The Boutwell Family

    Billy will be sorely missed. You are all in our prayers.

  2. Cullene and Larry Hobbs

    So sorry for your loss but we know he is in a much better place!

  3. David Bohannon

    I am very saddened by the news of Billy’s passing. You have my heartfelt sympathies.

  4. Martha Rivera & Joseph Torres

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. God Bless you all.

  5. Shirley & Arnold Carbuhn

    We are so sad to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Brittany, Robert and the entire family.

  6. Sherry Bryant

    Billy was one of the finest men I have known & had the pleasure of working with Always kind & caring. My heart goes out to you Judy, Tiffany, Brittany & Darrin. You will all be in my prayers. May God be with you.

  7. I enjoyed working with Billy at CTIW these past 25 years. He will be sorely missed by us all. God’s peace and comfort be with each of you, his precious family.

  8. Karen & Rick Harper

    We are sorry for the loss of a good neighbor and community baseball coach. The Lord heals in different ways. While the healing can be in our present lives, it can also be in His presence. We are glad to have known Billy and God bless each of his family at this time.

  9. I am saddened to hear of Billys passing. May God bless you all. Billy was a great man and will be missed by many.

  10. Patricia & Barry Brott

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  11. At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize that they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

    The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

  12. Sarah A Campbell

    To Judy and your family,

    I know that all of you are very sad and your hearts are heavy, but just know that your loved one is in the Savior’s arms. Try to remember the good and happy times that all of you shared. As you all know, the extreme sadness will soften in time. Keep his memory alive by sharing the good times with others. Love to all of you.

  13. The light out of your life has gone on, say you will always be there in your heart and in your mind. It is been one year 6 days Richard has been gone it has been tough without him. I need him to answer questions I’m having A hard time. I wish there were a phone line up there.

  14. Ray & Kim Clapper

    We are praying for you and your family, we are so sorry for your loss.

  15. Randy & Ronna Robinson Mason

    We celebrate the life of Billy (Darwin) and the wonderful memories we have of him. We pray for God’s peace and comfort over you, Judy, along with your family and the sweet Bitner family from Alvin that have been such wonderful friends through the years. As God’s Word reminds us in 2 Cor. 5:8, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. We Thank God as he enjoys his eternal healthy life with Jesus. We will look forward to seeing him in a little while. We love you and miss you!

  16. Marlinda Philyaw

    God’s Love is meteoric,
    His loyalty astronomic,
    His purpose titanic,
    His verdicts oceanic,
    Yet in His Largeness nothing gets lost.
    Psalm 36:5-6

    Judy, you are loved and thought of often.

  17. Libby Sanchez

    I never met Mr. Bitner, but I worked with his daughter Brittney and heard a lot about him over the four years we worked together. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. So sorry for your loss. Just always remember that God never makes a mistake.

  18. I am so sorry to hear of your loss Brittney , may God be with you and your family in this time of loss. Libby always keeps me informed about you and all of your family. Just remember we all have a place beyond this life, peaceful and wonderful. God Bless you.

    Dana Busa

  19. Libby Sanchez

    I never met Mr. Bitner, but I worked with his daughter Brittany and heard a lot about him over the four years we worked together. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. So sorry for your loss. Just always remember that God never makes a mistake.

    Libby Sanchez

  20. Teresa Lenart Ainsworth

    Dear Judy and the children, I was so saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. My family and I send you prayers of comfort and love. Hoping that you find comfort among your loved ones and love from each other during this time. Heaven has gained a angel. You will always feel his presence. Sorry we live so far away and couldn’t be there to extend our condolences in person.

  21. Ashle Romine (Canales)

    Darrin, I am so sorry for you and your families loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless

  22. Clayton and Charleen Hall

    We are so sad to hear of Billy’s passing…I enjoyed our years of ball seasons and he was a Loving, Caring and Sometimes, Joking character. I know your hearts are heavy and we offer our prayers to all of his family.
    Clayton n Charleen Hall, China Spring

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