October 22, 1925 - May 12, 2014
Billy Joe Self, Dallas native, born January 23, 1930, peacefully departed from this world on May 11, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty King Self, daughter Libby St.John and husband Steve St.John, son John Self, son Greg Self and partnerBrian Dubow, grandson Taylor St.John and wife Silvia St.John, and grandson Travis Zinsmeyer. Billy leaves behind 2 siblings Daisy Thomasand Grady Self. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Billy truly had a heart for The Lord. He was patient and kind to all he encountered. He was a man of great strength and wisdom and will surely be missed.
He graduated from Adamson High School in 1948 and went on to graduate from East Texas State University in Commerce where he attended on a football scholarship. Billy played tight-end for the undefeated 1952 season team that went on to win the Tangerine Bowl. He served his country as a pilot in the USAF during the Korean War. Billy joined Braniff Airways in 1956 and had a 33 year career. He served as ALPA Chairman, BISE President and 747 Director Of Flight Ops. He continued his career with Southwest Airlines where he retired as Flight Operations Specialist.
Billy and Betty have been active members at First United Methodist Church of Richardson since 1991 and are members of The Apostles Class. Billy enjoyed teaching and was an avid student of The Bible. He served with Betty in many areas and especially loved his time spent with the Garden Ministry.
In his final days, Billy continued to be a witness and example of the grace of Jesus Christ to all he encountered.
Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church Richardson on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church Richardson.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252