In 1984, Bill chose not to seek re-election and moved his career in a different direction. In 1995, though, Weatherford College beckoned once again and Bill returned to the campus where he continued to teach until his retirement at the conclusion of the spring semester in 2010 when he was granted Faculty Emeritus status. Bill’s classes were always the first to fill and close and his students attest to his unerring ability to make what might have been an otherwise dull litany of historical events come vividly alive for them. He was, in his professional life and his personal life, a master teacher and, while he will be deeply missed, his life lessons are indelibly printed on his students to be shared with future generations.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Coody; his daughter, Cathy Zellers and husband, Ed, of Weatherford; his son, Sam Coody and wife, Lisa, of Weatherford; and his beloved grandchildren, Claire Varnon and husband, Richard, of Weatherford, Jacob Coody, of Fort Worth, Ethan Lucas Coody, of Weatherford, and Caitlin Zellers and fiancé, Matthew Cobb.
Bill was preceded in death by a son, Jim Coody; and his sisters, Mamie Day, Ruby Watson, Elizabeth Wleczyk and Jimmie Bradley.
Contributions in Bill’s honor may be made to the Weatherford College Coody Family Scholarship Fund.
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