William E. Dugger, III

Born  September 6, 1951
Retired  November 26, 2008
Passed away  June 18, 2016

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William (Billy) Elmer Dugger, III, 64, of Willis, passed away June 18, 2016. He was born on September 6, 1951 in Fort Worth, Texas to Dorothy Harriss Dugger and William Elmer Dugger, Jr., deceased.

Billy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He served with VMCJ-1 Squadron based out of Iwakuni, Japan. He was with VMCJ-2 Squadron in Cubi Point, Philippines and flew to Da Nang, Vietnam to support the EA-6A "Electric Intruder" which provided unique Electronic Counter Measure missions and operations to protect US aircraft from surface to air missiles. He was later stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina during the completion of his tour. He was a dedicated Marine in heart and soul for the rest of his life. Billy worked as an electrician at Gulf States Power Company/Entergy for 28 years and retired in November 2008. During retirement he enjoyed playing guitar and drums in his band in various places including nursing homes. He loved serving others and helping those in need. He also enjoyed fishing, riding Harleys, and collecting guns during his life. He loved his children, family, Marine buddies, and friends very much.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 28 years, Delores (Deedi) Siders Dugger. He is survived by his children; son David Siders of Montgomery; daughter Sherri Dugger of Kyle; and son William E. Dugger, IV of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Also, by his mother, Dorothy Harriss Dugger of Navasota; sisters Marsha Lamb and husband, Norman of The Woodlands and Teresa Donaldson of Temple; and brother Clark Dugger of Conroe. He is also survived by grandsons Austin and Tanner Siders, and granddaughter Makenzie Jordan, and by many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Memorial services will be held at Cashner Funeral Home, Conroe, Saturday, July 2, at 3:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Texvet.org. To leave condolences to the family, visit www.cashnerconroe.com

Click Here For the obituary at the Cashner Funeral Home site.

Remembrances from friends and co-workers

Doug Martin: Billy Dugger is no longer with us in body but his memory will forever be with me.
I wanted to share with my GSU/ENTERGY family stories of the good times we had practicing our music out at the Lewis Creek Lake, the 'gig' we did as 'The Highway of Heartaches Band" and the Vietnam experiences Billy shared with me confidentially.
What I can share is Billy's USMC assignment ("WE BE JAM'N"-Billy's name for the job) was working with electronic blocking systems that saved many U.S. aircraft and air crews from disaster. Some missions went bad and that was Billy's Demon.
He used to say "It Just Don't Matter" and seek other methods trying to forget. I begged him to get help as I have done but he just withdrew more.
Billy introduced me to CMoH RECIEPTANT PFC Mike Clausen, USMC at the VA Hospital in Dallas, TX. about a year before CMoH PFC Clausen passed. You would have thought Billy was already in Heaven when he was at the hospital helping the sick and disabled Vets. He was happiest when helping people not just our Vets.
SEMPER FI Brother. I know GOD will heal all of us some day; You were just higher on HIS priority list than me..

Debbie Freeman: One of his favorite things, back in the day, was getting together and jamming with the boys (Doug Martin, Les Odom, Mike Walker, Stuart Johnson) out at the Lewis Creek Recreation Area.