William Neil Rozell II passed away peacefully at his ranch in Fulbright, Texas on Friday, July 23, 2021, at 82 years of age. Neil was born in Bogata, Texas on January 11, 1939, to William Neil Rozell and Frances Roach Rozell.
Neil married Frances Mayes on February 2, 1957, and they enjoyed 63 years together before Frances’s passing in June of 2020. Together they had two sons, Raymond Russell, and William David. Neil was a humble man who touched many lives throughout his 82 years. Neil honorably served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Greely, Alaska for most of his military career. He loved putting in a full day’s work, cattle, horses, dogs, and the ranching lifestyle, getting this from his father. Just the day before his passing he was cutting brush with his pole saw and mending fences. Neil had served in many capacities over the years including being on the School Board, Past President of the Lions Club, Past President of the Rodeo Association, and was currently serving as the President of the Bogata Cemetery Association; a position he inherited from his mother who had been on the board for 50 years. Most will remember him as being the Bogata Bank President for over a decade. His handshake was his word, and he did not care if you were in overalls or a suit. Many will recall him loaning them money on their first car or home when they had nothing. “It’s been said that someday we will just be a memory, be sure it’s a good one.”
Neil is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances, an infant grandson, Dakota Joe Rozell, and most recently by his sister Donna Rozell.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Russell Rozell and his wife, Elizabeth, and David Rozell and his wife, Patsy; his sister, Mary Elizabeth Park; grandchildren, Morgan Rozell, Mallory Larkin and her husband, Jonathan, Jake Sheffield, Garrett Sheffield and his wife Emily, Cole Sheffield and his wife, Cheyenne; great grandchildren, Anniston, and Riley Larkin and Case Sheffield; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, July 26, 2021, at the First Baptist Church of Bogata. Interment will follow at the Bogata Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours prior to service time at the church.
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