Crosby, William R.

August 2, 1946 - June 30, 2017

Crosby, William Reginald, age 70, died Friday, June 30, 2017 after a hard battle with cancer. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 1:00pm at Lakeridge Bible Church, 1020 Northwest Drive, in Mesquite.

He was born August 2, 1946 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Bill and Odessa Crosby. He attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in art. William was an accomplished cartoonist, sculptor, and graphic artist. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation after over 30 years of service, and spent the last 12 years of his career as a consultant in construction management. However, anyone who knew him knew that his lifelong passion was drag racing. His interest began in the late 1950’s and continued throughout his life; culminating with the restoration and campaigning of Bobby Langley’s Scorpion V AA-FD. He played an integral part in growing the cackle car community, and keeping drag racing history alive.

He is survived by his mother, Odessa Crosby, of Ardmore, Oklahoma; wife, Gail Crosby, of Mesquite; children, James Crosby, Tina Griffin, Blake Crosby, and Brittany Murphy; and grandchildren, Jacinda Crosby and Kirsten Griffin.

12 replies on “Crosby, William R.”

Kenna Leis Elles says:

I am so saddened to hear this news of Bill’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I grew up in Ardmore and we were friends, I always knew him as Reggie. He was a fine young man. I am particularly thinking of Odessa during this time of loss. Prayers.

Anonymous says:

Dearest Gail, remember that to mourn with a Christian mourning is to let God gather up your tears and save them to nourish future joys. I’m praying for you and the family. Barbara (& Duane) Lindsey.

Jim Hunt says:

I had the pleasure of being Bill’s friend for almost 50 years and working with him for 40 of those years at TxDOT, PBS&J and Atkins NA. Bill was an accomplished surveyor, auditor and ENV and CM inspector working on many of the most significant transportation projects in the Dallas area during his career. I also got to serve with Bill for more than 20 years on the Board of Directors of the OU Club of Dallas where he tirelessly helped enable it to grow into the largest OU Club in the county. He served as President of the Club in 1995 and grew the OU/TX Game Day BarBQ to historic proportions which provided the OU Pride Band numerous scholarships. He will be desperately missed by all Sooners and many friends like me.

Doug Dillon says:

So many great memories of Bill, at TXDOT in the Construction Office, at Atkins, then finally at BGE. He gave me one of his famous caricatures when i left Dallas for Waco, then a second one when i left Atkins for BGE. They both hang in very visible locations in our home. He was generous in his time and friendship to all. And of course was always willing to talk about his latest meet where the dragster was displayed. He will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

Marsha Hale McGuire says:

Dear Gail, I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We all grew up together as our parents were good friends..
May God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow. Marsha McGuire

Judy Crosby-Griffith says:

Ever since Friday morning, I have laughed and cried and done at the same time! Very few cousins get to be as close and share as many memories as we did!! I know we were near perfect babies, toddlers, and even teenagers. Well, I do remember a few times Grandma Crosby didn’t think we were so perfect, love you and memories abound!

Creigh & Nancy Chadwell says:

Reggie will be missed we grew up together riding bikes – going Sat double feature movies -Reggie was good friend I had communication with him about 8 days before his passing – Reggie is now in good place watching over his family. RIP

Creigh & Nancy Chadwell- Ardmore

Denise Linenberger says:

Even though distance has separated us for 13yrs,I have such great memories of times together. We vacationed as couples and helped raise children together among other things too numerous to name. I already miss Bill and know that he is in heaven with our Lord and Savior and we will see him once again.


I was on a survey crew in the late 60″s WITH Reg.
Along with Pete Johnson of Madill, Clyde Mav Gleson of Madill, and Carlos Cole of Baum,OK.
We surveyed I-35 for several months.
Reg and I became friends as were the youngest in the office at Ardmore. About 60 men worked that office.
Later when Reg went to Dallas he was sent to OKC to do inspection work on side walks. He contacted me and we ate at some restaurants once each week. We took turns picking and paying.
Great man, great friend and I already miss him!!!!!!
Carlos told me yesterday he and I were the only ones left on that crew.
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Peggy McPhilimy Koger says:

We were so saddened to hear of “Uncle Reg’s” lost battle. He introduced us to Welsh Corgis, taught my kids how to carve the best jack o lanterns, and was the best cartoonist I knew! God bless you all!

Laura Rodriguez says:

I did not have the pleaseure of meeting Mr. Crosby as I started to work at TxDOT 1 hear after he retired, but I am sure that he was well loved by our TxDOT Family. I wanted to express my condolences to the Crosby Family for the loss of your son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. It must be very difficult to lose such a precious gift. I know that he will hold a very special place in your hearts forever.

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that were I am, there ye may be also.”
John 14:1-3

There are no words that I can express to comfort you but that which comes from my Lord and Savior.

“The LORD is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalms 34:18

Your family will be in my prayers.

In Christ,

Laura I. Rodriguez

Jay Nelson says:

I feel I have lots of friends in the TxDOT family but Bill was one of the very special ones. Talented, funny, serious when needed, and full of OU. Being a UT guy, when October rolled around, it did get a little “serious”. Loved every minute of it & always appreciated Bill. I recall our TxDOT Dallas battle with the EPA and the diligence with which he worked. Always there. Always will be in our wonderful memories.

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