William Gordon Gravitt

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William Gordon Gravitt

December 26, 1942 - December 18, 2018

William Gordon Gravitt William Bill Gordon Gravitt passed away in Burkburnett, Texas at Noon on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018. His wife of 52 years, Rebecca Becky" Ruth Figley Gravitt, was at his side when he passed. He was 75 years old and suffered from the complications of dementia, but now is at rest.

Bill Gravitt and his fraternal twin brother were born the sons of W.Y. and Lucretia Gravitt in Hugo, Oklahoma on December 26th, 1942. Bill and his brother were high school football stars, helping the Denver City Mustangs win the Texas class AA State Championship in 1960, continuing their football career at the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER SOONER!) and graduating from Southwestern Oklahoma University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Bill was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in May, 2010.

Bill went on to become a lifelong educator in the Texas public school system, serving as a football coach, Junior High and High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent before retiring in 2007. Bill Gravitt loved his school kids and teachers and was as tough and demanding in his career as he was on the football field. His contributions to the Texas Public School system will be fondly remembered by hundreds of students and teachers who he treated as family during his 40+ years of service.

Mr. Gravitt is survived by his wife Becky, with whom he raised a family in Denver City, Texas. His oldest son, Chris Gravitt, lives in Holliday, Texas with his wife Sonia. Their son Grant is a sophomore baseball player at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas. His youngest son, Bill Jr., resides in Flower Mound, TX with his wife Daphne and son, Greyson, a Sophomore at Marcus High School.

At his sons' request, Bill Gravitts body was willed to UT Southwestern Medical Center for ongoing research to help those affected by dementia, diabetes, and heart disease.
In lieu of a memorial service or flowers, please send donations to William G. Gravitt Junior High School in Denver City, Texas.
Published on December 19, 2018
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Nita (Gaede) Lear
Dec 23, 2018
Becky I am so sorry to learn of your l loss. I pray God will watch over you and your family.
Sincerely,
Nita (Gaede) Lear.
James Childers
Dec 23, 2018
Sincere condolences to Be my, Bert, and Bills family for his tragic loss. He was a fellow teammate on the 1960 Denver City state championship, and it was just great seeing he and Bert, and Becky at the 50th reunion in 2010!
God bless, and I know he will be missed on so many levels.
Sharon Wilkerson Carraway
Dec 22, 2018
I remember Bill and his brother Bert so well, even though the twins were two years behind my Denver City High School graduating class of 1959. They were both such outstanding football players, and we knew they both would have bright futures. I was so pleased that Bill chose to return to Denver City to pursue his career in education and coaching. Prayers for strength and comfort for Becky and the family
Johnnye(Evelyn Jones) Dehart
Dec 22, 2018
Special memories of Bill who was always friendly to everyone. I will always remember his love for Becky. Even as a young man, he had integrity and class. Denver City was fortunate to have him.
Delia Trinidad Davis
Dec 22, 2018
I have often thought of Mr Gravitt throughout the years. He was a fair and honest man. One knew how much he loved all his school kids. I remember being sent to his office and instead of him scolding me, he just gave me a good talk and made me feel so much better. I never had to go back to his office after that. He left such a positive impact on me. I will forever be grateful for being placed in his path. RIP Mr. Gravitt--You have earned it. Prayers to your family.
Kay Brown
Dec 21, 2018
He touched so many lives. We lived next door to his family for a few years and he and his brother brought enormous pride to our little town, their mother was an awesome influence on our small community also. . They have left a legacy of pride and loyalty we could all learn from. RIP Bill.
Teri Bowers Singleterry
Dec 21, 2018
My goodness.....Mr. Gravitt was such a wonderful man and I thought so much of him! He had his hands full as my principal at DCJH, but he loved me all the same! I would visit with him all the time and I was one of his pets, lol. I have thought of him so often over the years and I am sad that I didn’t ever get a chance to see him once I left DC. Prayers and thoughts to Becky, Chris, and Bill Jr. and all the rest of the family. He was a treasured man! RIP Mr. Gravitt.
Sandra Trinidad Durham
Dec 21, 2018
What a positive impact this man unknowingly had on me. I was Denver City junior high student in the 80’s and was in his office more than I liked, He had good reason to give harsh punishment but instead gave me a good lecture and smiled at me as I left his office. Intimidating he was but just as equally kind. I’m sure he made a positive impact on may others as well. He truly lived up to his role as an educator! May you rest in peace Mr. Gravitt.
My condolences to the Gravitt family.
Paula Talley Kennedy
Dec 21, 2018
I am sorry to hear of this . I remember those wonderful football days in the sixties. I was a 1965 graduate .RIP
Bert Gravitt Family
Dec 21, 2018
It saddens our family to learn of Bill's passing. He and Bert spent many happy years growing up in Denver City and grandparents' house in Coalgate, OK. Our love and thoughts are with Becky, Chris, and Bill Jr.
Ken and Sharon Taylor
Dec 21, 2018
We are so sorry to learn about Mr. G's passing. Mr. G gave me a chance as an educator in Denver City. He mentored me, yelled at me (which was needed), and became a great friend. The word " respect" encapsulates Mr. G. We love you Becky, Chris, and Little Bill. God Bless, Ken
John Kendall
Dec 20, 2018
Sorry to hear about Bills passing. Bill & I were roommates at SWSC and had many a great time. Great Football player and a great friend. Many great memories. I stayed up with his career at Denver City. It was an honor to know him. JK
Brandon Porter
Dec 20, 2018
I have known Bill since about 1993. We shared a great memory on the Yoakum County Golf Course in 1994 when we were scramble partners in a tournament, and I made a hole in one to win a car. Bill seemed more excited about me winning the car than I was. That was a very genuine and joyful emotion that he showed toward me, and he helped me later on to make sure I received a fair trade on selling that car. He also let me store that car at his house in the garage until it all got taken care of. I never forgot how he wanted to help out a young man like myself. He was a good friend.
Danny Linda Melissa and Waylon Moore
Dec 20, 2018
We were sad to hear about Bill!! Our family loved him and we all had so much respect for him as a man and as a educator! He loved what he did and loved his students Denver City was very fortunate to have him and his family!! Love and prayers to you Becky and family!❤️🙏
Ron Engel
Dec 20, 2018
Sorry to hear of Bills passing. We played football and baseball together at SWOSU. Lived in Neff hall together with a bunch of rowdy young men. Also had many memories of our times together. A super guy. Tony McGoffin called me to tell me the news.
Linda &Tearl; Covington
Dec 20, 2018
So very sorry for ur loss.
Dale Underwood
Dec 19, 2018
Mr. Gravitt was a mentor and friend for many years. He hired me for my first job. He met my track bus to send me to the hospital when our first child was born. Our daughter Jessica has spoken so highly of him for years. She talks about going to his office on occasion to visit or hang out,when most of the Jh kids were so intimidated by him. All of the Underwood family sends our prayers and deepest condolences to your family.In Christ’s Love,Dale&pat;,Jason and Jessica
Bill Gravitt
Dec 19, 2018