William (Bill) Dickens

by The Texas Army

William Alan Dickens (Bill) of Bryan, Texas, lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully in his home December 31, 2018. He will be honored with a Celebration of Life, officiated by Certified Celebrant Dawn Lee Wakefield, at 2pm Monday, January 7, 2019, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S. College Ave in Bryan. A reception with light refreshments will follow immediately in the Pecan Room at Callaway-Jones.

Bill was born August 21, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Dr. William Robert Dickens of Greenville, Texas, and Betty Jane Wagner Dickens of Ashland, Kentucky. Bill lived an unusual and exciting life. His love of reptiles took him many places where he met many different people. He wrote a book, “Following the Serpent’s Trail,” which chronicles many of his adventures from his childhood through his adult life. He received his doctorate in the field of archaeology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, which also took him on many an adventure. He traveled to other countries, like Jordan and Israel, on archaeological digs. Bill also had one of his exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.

Bill was a researcher, which aided in another subject that he enjoyed, genealogy. He was extremely proud of the fact that he is the 5th great grandnephew of Daniel Boone. Also that he is a direct descendant of Benjamin Cutbirth, Longhunter, and traveling companion of Daniel. Bill’s great aunt, Gussie Nell Davis, founded the famous Kilgore Rangerettes of Kilgore, Texas, in 1939.

Bill was quite a character and will be missed by many. He will be remembered always.

Bill is survived by his brother, Robert Mason Dickens from San Diego, California, and his sister Judith Ann Dickens from Parrottsville, Tennessee. He is also survived by his nephew, Jesse Jerome Paul from Paoli, Indiana, and his niece, Autumn Rose Paul from Connersville, Indiana. He is also survived by his daughter, Stacie Lynn Adams and grandson, Noah Adams, from Leander, Texas. He is also survived by his daughter, Lori Ann Carroll, her husband Ben, and two grandsons, Christian Alan Carroll and Jacob Timothy Carroll, from Cedar Park, Texas. Bill was preceded in death by his grandson, Taylor Anthony Carroll, from Cedar Park, Texas.

New Colonel Candidates

by The Texas Army

Congratulations to Joe Weathersby and Doug Houston.  Last month at Winter Camp they both completed their marksmanship requirement to become candidates for Colonel in the Texas Army.   Both had been practicing prior to the event,  and it showed.   The marksmanship requirement is that a shooter place five consecutive shots into a 9 inch pie plate at 50 yards,  using a black powder muzzleloader with fixed sights and round lead balls.   It is not an easy feat, but you would have thought it was a cake-walk if you had watched them shoot.   They did a great job!     In addition to the marksmanship requirement,  a member in good standing with The Texas Army can apply for candidacy as a Colonel once they have completed a minimum of 5 qualifying events, and demonstrate an excellence in the knowledge of Texas history.   Upon review and acceptance, candidates commissions are signed by the Governor of Texas and presented each year at the San Jacinto monument during the commemoration of the Battle of San Jacinto.   Doug and Joe join Howard Rose (who qualified late last year) as our current group of candidates.   Brigadier General Emmitte will be facilitating 2 additional shooting days in hopes of getting more people qualified before we make a visit to the Capital.  Who will be our next candidates?

Congratulations to Howard Rose

by The Texas Army

Please join the General Staff in congratulating the most recent Texas Army member to qualify for his commission as Colonel.   Howard has completed the requisites of participating in a minimum of 5 qualifying scheduled events,  and a week ago Saturday he made 5 consecutive shots into a 9 inch plate using his Lyman muzzleloader.   General Emmitte, Colonels Hankla and Roberts were present,  along with Rusty McLaughlin and Rion Braddock.     Howard will be awarded his commission at the San Jacinto ceremony next spring.

We will have several more qualifying shooting events throughout this season.  General Emmitte anticipates another range day for November, 2017.  Stay tuned for further details.   If you have participated in at least 3 scheduled qualifying Texas Army events,  and you have interest in doing your live-fire shooting qualification,  please contact General Emmitte.


Saying Goodbye to Judge Paul Till

by Erlinda Tubbs

The Texas Army is sad to announce the passing of Colonel Paul Till. Judge Paul Heath Till passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Colonel Till has served the Army since 1977.

Colonel Till leaves behind his three sons and their wives.