William Tennyson Jr.

William Henry Tennyson Jr., 87, of Pottsboro, Texas died Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Tennyson was born July 28, 1933, in Cullman to William Henry Tennyson Sr. and Ada Lizzy Yeager Tennyson.

William was a man known by many names. He was “Bobby” to his family in Alabama, “Willie Bill” to his racing buddies, “Pop Pop” to his grandchildren, “Pop” to his son, “Daddy” to his daughter and “Bill” to everyone else.

He attended Florida Southern College, served as a paratrooper in the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in the United States Army for three years.

In the years after the leaving the Army, he was a student at the University of the Americas and a bullfighter in Mexico, an actor in New York City and an SCCA racecar driver in Texas.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Lisa Marie and David Black; son and daughter-in-law: James and Dana Tennyson; former wife: Janice Lowery Tennyson; granddaughters: Madeline Claire Black and Samantha Reese Tennyson; grandsons: Lane Riley Tennyson and Robert William Tennyson; sister: betty Sue Cox; nephews: Raymond Tennyson Jr., Jimmy Dale Bennefield, Wayne Bright, Gary Mabrey, David Mabrey; and nieces: Judy Greening and Pat Witson.

He was preceded in death by sisters: Thelma Barmby and Dorothy Mabrey; brothers: William Tennyson, Orvel Tennyson and Raymond Tennyson; andhalf siblings: Clifford Tennyson, James Tennyson, Ressie Tennyson.

The visitation will be at 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021, at Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel followed by the graveside service at 2 p.m. at New Home Cemetery in Holly Pond with Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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