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William Jackson Kilpatrick “BJ”

June 10, 1950 –
 December 11, 2022


William Jackson Kilpatrick, known as BJ to  family and friends, passed away peacefully in his home in Garland on December 11, 2022.

He was born to Emmett Eugene Kilpatrick, Sr, and Tressie Belle Beecham on June 10, 1950 in Honey Grove, Texas. Graduated from Honey Grove High School.

He is survived by his loving  spouse, Rosalie Kilpatrick; daughter Kelli Kent, granddaughter Brianna Kent, grandson Chance Kent (spouse Lauren Kent);  brother, Emmitt Kilpatrick (spouse Pat);  sister Gay Kilpatrick Parker; brother Elliott Kilpatrick; Step-Daughter, Michelle (spouse Brandon), grandchildren Ryan, Sebastian, Lluvia; Step-son Brian Boomer (Molly), grandchildren Lucy and Lottie; many nieces and nephews.

BJ lived and worked in many places, including Dallas and Temple,  before returning to Paris, Tx where he worked for Kimberly-Clark for 26 years until retirement in 2012. A Texas boy at heart, I doubt he would have been talked into living in any other state.

An avid duck and dove hunter and sport fisherman, BJ and his fishing buddy  Steve Holmes enjoyed over 30 years of fishing together including bass sport fishing on Lake Fork. During his illness he did reminisce often of one last fishing excursion. He and friend, Mike Holmes enjoyed looking for dove sightings  prior to dove season. BJ also enjoyed teaching his young grandson the art of his favorite activities.

BJ and Rosalie were  introduced by his sister Gay. In fact, the first two dates, they were  accompanied by his sister which was a source of amusement for all three. After a courtship, BJ and  Rosalie married 11/17/2010, with BJ moving to Garland permanently upon retirement from KC. They enjoyed many years of trips, including Hilo, visiting Pearl Harbor Memorial in Oahu,  Taos, California, Idaho. Certainly more trips were planned.

BJ will be dearly missed for his kindness, generosity, and wonderful sense of humor.

Be strong and courageous!
Do not fear or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who is going with you!
-Deuteronomy 31.6

2 Thoughts on William Jackson Kilpatrick “BJ”
    Rick DICKSON
    23 Jan 2023

    Billy Jack and I worked together for a couple of years while he worked for my Dad. We hunted together, played baseball together and were neighbors for many years. My family thought a lot of him and ask him to be a pall bearer at my grandfather Henry Dicksons funeral. He was a really good friend and will be missed by a lot of folks. RIP my friend.

      Rosalia R Boomer
      29 Jan 2023

      Thank you, Rick, for your kind words. I am sure BJ mentioned your name. He talked often of his childhood days in Honey Grove; school days, church, neighbors, roaming the town with friends as a kid. Sharing your story opened up another door into BJ’s life that he might have missed telling me, (or I forgot.) Yes, he will be missed by many of us. I will miss his humor and Texas wit. He taught me many Texas sayings which I consistently never said right and he would correct me. BJ was the best.

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