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William "Bill" Hannes '81 May 4, 2023 12:06 PM updated: May 4, 2023 12:14 PM

William Frank "Bill" Hannes 
May 7, 1959 - April 27, 2023 

William “Bill” Frank Hannes, 63, formerly of West, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2023, at Providence Hospice Place in Waco.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2023 at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption in West, with Rev. Anthony Rauschuber as celebrant. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West.

Bill was born on May 7, 1959, to Clarence and Lillian “Tootsie” (Lucien) Hannes. Growing up in West, when not being harassed by his four sisters, you would find Bill pitching for the baseball team, quarterbacking the football team, getting bucked off bulls and wrecking race cars. According to Bill, he was good at all of them. When he wasn’t dominating the athletic field, he was falling in love with his wife Pam, the love of his life who he met his sophomore year of high school and never let leave his side.

After high school, Bill and Pam moved to College Station where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M, a master’s degree in 42 from the Dixie Chicken and a PHD in love from Pam.

After graduation, Bill went to work for Superior Oil, followed by Mobil Oil for 18 years. He joined Pioneer Natural Resources in 1997 and was with them until his retirement in 2020. Bill never met a person he didn’t like and always made sure everyone around him was being taken care of. His passion for any and all things Texas A&M and the Dallas Cowboys was unmatched. If you needed to find Bill, don’t call his phone, you could find him at an A&M sporting event, down in his bar playing Willie Nelson for all of the neighborhood to hear, at the ranch wrecking everything he drove, or being Big Daddy to one of his five grandkids. He was loved by all and will be missed dearly. Heaven got a good one last Thursday and for the rest of us down here, “It’s All Good”.

Bill is preceded in death by his father, Clarence Hannes and a brother-in-law, Sonny Lassiter.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Hannes; children, Billy Hannes (Kayla) and Megan Pervier (Ryan); grandchildren, Grey Hannes, Avie Hannes, Vivie Hannes, Gage Pervier and Lillie Pervier; sisters, Fran Hoggard (Bill), Sharon Lassiter, Linda Hill (Dennis) and Sandra “Pookie” Peterson (Keith); his mother, Tootsie Hannes; parents-in-law, Bob and Jean Chapman; sisters-in-law, Brenda Boyd (Bret) and Wendy Jamison (Alan); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers for the service include Bill’s great friends, Mike Otto, Buddy Cernosek, Kyle Heitmiller, Van Pearcy, Greg Champion, Ronny Griffin, Tim Dove and Rod Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill’s nephews, Neil Diemer, Beau Boyd, Seth Jamison and Trenton Peterson.

A special thanks goes to Dr. Dowell and his staff at UT Southwestern, including Sharon and Melissa, for their incredible work on behalf of Bill over the past 9 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation  ( or Community Healthcare of Texas - Providence Hospice of Waco.


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