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     Billy Lee Hackney, age 78, of Liberal, passed away Monday, March 15, 2010, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Lockwood.


     Bill was born July 22, 1931, in Moundville, Missouri, the third of the four sons of Zuber and Agnes (Dozer) Hackney.  A life-long area resident, Bill graduated from Liberal High School in 1949.  He was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corp and served in Japan during the Korean War.  Returning home to Liberal, Bill began his 33 year career in the grocery business.  After the closing of the Liberal IGA, Bill worked for 20 years as the custodian of Liberal High School.  Always active in his community, Bill was a member of Liberal Christian Church and the American Legion Post 289 Eccher Patrick..  He was an avid traveler and enjoyed many trips with family, but his favorite pastime was being the #1 fan at his son, Craig, and granddaughters music engagements.


     On February 3, 1952, at Liberal, Bill married Donna Joan Thomas and they celebrated 44 years together before her death April 16, 1996.


     Survivors include two sons, Jim Hackney of Marionville, Missouri and Craig & wife, La Nita Hackney of Lockwood; two granddaughters, Kate and Jolean Hackney, Lockwood; three brothers, Bob Hackney, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Joe Ed & wife Dorothy Hackney, Kansas City, Missouri, and Don & wife Pat Hackney, Norwalk, California; two sisters-in-law, Delores Rogers, Joplin, and Sandra & husband Bill Cignetti, Frontenac, Kansas; a large extended family; and a host of friends.


     Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18th at the Liberal High School Auditorium with Rev. Bob Fenwick officiating.  Burial will be in Liberal Cemetery with full military honors.


     The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Good Shepherd Nursing Home or Liberal High School in care of Daniel Funeral Home.





#27 Riverside, CaliforniaJackie Levett 2010-03-22 22:34
I am so sorry to hear about your father. I remember when he worked at the grocery store. When my sisters and I would come in with our mom, he would always be so warm and friendly. He always greeted us with a laugh and a smile and he would call us Fred, Pete and Charlie, I think. It was always a puzzle to me why he was calling us boy names when we were all girls! As I got older, I knew it was his way of showing us kindness. He was a gentle soul who will be missed throughout the Liberal community. God Bless you and your family in your time of sorrow. He will always be with you in your heart.

Jackie, Jordan and LaVerna
#26 Dallas, TXTony 2010-03-21 15:14
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. My family having moved to Liberal before I began fourth grade, Bill eventually became one of my favorite people in the town. Once I got to high school, I quickly became friends with Bill and very much enjoyed the stories he used to share with us. He was so delighted that our senior class had decided to go to Memphis for our senior trip and he shared many stories with us about his "Elvis conspiracies." He always used to let us in the gym as well so that we could shoot baskets. He was a kind and sincere person and I'm confident he will be missed greatly.
#25 Liberal MOBill & SheriLanz Keltner 2010-03-18 12:37
Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. May God be your source of strength and comfort in the days ahead.
#24 JoplinSarah Lanz Ellison 2010-03-17 19:46
The thing I will remember most about Bill is how sweet he was. Even after I graduated, when I came back to any event at Liberal, he would always greet me and we'd talk like we'd never missed a beat. I will also always remember him pushing kids around on his dustmop between basketball games! He was a wonderful man, a blessing to this world, and will be sorely missed! I pray God will comfort you and your family during this time. Please know he touched many, many lives!
#23 Springfield, MODan, Debbie & Kayla Gray 2010-03-17 13:07
We are very sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed by everyone. He was such a great supporter of all the American Kids and their parents. We will miss his
sincere handshakes & warm smiles. You guys are in our prayers.
Dan, Debbie,& Kayla
#22 LiberalCherie McNaught 2010-03-17 07:41
Bill was one of the kindest and loving men in this area. He had a real concern for the school. Especailly the students themselves. He was also a very hard worker. I remember Bill from way back when he was the butcher in the grocery store. Then when he was at the school he was so kind to both Marcos and Jason when they wanted to go shot baskets "after hours". Such an encouragement to Jason his Sr. year. There is just no one like him. He will be greatly missed but he is happy and rejoicing today. To God be the glory!
#21 LockwoodHarold and Nancy 2010-03-16 22:28
we are so sorrry you have lost your father and best friend. He truly loved his family and grandchildren, you will all miss his being there with you. sincerely, Harold and Nancy
#20 Lockwood MOLeah James Beerly 2010-03-16 18:52
"Mr. Hackney" was how I will always remember him. He was such a sweet and kind man, always happy. I am so sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
#19 Liberal, MOJim & Sondra Henegar 2010-03-16 17:16
Our sympathy goes out to Bill's family. He was a very kindhearted person and so proud of his family. We will miss him as a friend. He was a wonderful person with whom to do business--never a complaint. May your family be blessed with special memories.
#18 KC, MOMorton & Jennie Lehman Routo 2010-03-16 17:16
Sorry to hear of your loss of Bill. I enjoyed being at Liberal High School for two years with his class.
"May your hearts be filled with warm thoughts and treasured moments of your dearly departed. The Routons

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