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Bill Harlien

Thursday, July 18, 2019
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ABILENE – It is with great sadness that the family of Boyce Noell “Bill” Harlien, Jr. announces his passing on July 11, 2019, at the age of 60 years. He passed away at the Hendrick Hospice In-Patient Unit in Abilene, with his sister by his side.

Services were Monday, July 15, at Riley Funeral Home in Hamilton, followed by graveside services in Toliver Cemetery at Lamkin.

Bill was born on July 5, 1959, in Texas City, the son of Boyce Noell Harlien and Nora Neville Harlien. He graduated from Hamilton High School.

Bill and his mother had many friends in the Hamilton and Lamkin area. He enjoyed his trips to the local grocery store, barber and going out to eat catfish with his mother on Friday nights. Bill loved listening to his country music, writing people’s names and birthdays on his magna-doodle, playing with his dogs and cats and swimming and was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and The Dukes of Hazzard.

Once he met someone, he would always remember their birthday and remind his mother to call them to wish them a happy birthday.

Most importantly, Bill loved his family. When something was not going well, Bill would say, “Look at the bright side.” If Bill could say that, there shouldn’t be anything for us to complain about.

Bill will be greatly missed by all, but his warmth, smile, kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered and live on with us forever.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Walter “Butchie” Luce Jr. and sister Lydia McGhee.

Bill is survived by his two sisters, Lana Hassell and husband Vernon of Clyde; Lecia Adams and husband Joe of Abilene; sister-in-law Carrol Luce of New Braunfels; brother-in-law Richard McGhee of Belton; and his loving nieces, nephews and numerous relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were nephews Alex Luce, Kevin Craig, Chris Craig, Justin Walker, Colby Boatwright, Bobby Grimes and Jason Baird.

Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care (,1651 Pine Street, Abilene, TX 79601; or Special Olympics Texas at