William (Bill) Moors was born in Houston, Texas on January 2, 1952 to Grace and Joseph Moors. He was one of 10 children consisting of 5 brothers (Joseph, Raymond, Ronald, Robert and Michael) and 4 sisters (Carol, Maria, Judy and Donna).
Despite being severely compromised during birth he was able to live a longer and more fulfilling life than expected due to the loving care of his parents and family.
From 1952 - 1959 Bill lived with his family in their Houston home. In the years that followed Bill received specialized training such as speech therapy, physical therapy, and attended various schools and workshops to help him learn basic life skills.
Over the years Bill had a few part-time jobs. One job was working on an assembly line inserting plastic cutlery into a plastic bag. Another time he had a job placing Formica color chips on a string that would be sold to companies. He even worked at a recycling center located in Bastrop crushing aluminum cans. Like all of us, his favorite part of the week was payday! At the end of the week, he would receive a few dollars for his hard work.
The last 20+ years of Bill’s life he was part of the Blue Bonnet Trails program in Bastrop. There he was able to attend a day habilitation center and associate with other special need adults in the area and attend various activities.
Bill loved the end of the month dances held in Smithville and was part of a fun bowling group in Bastrop.
Bill was cared for by his loving mother up until her death in 2019. His mother always looked for ways to make his life more fulfilling and never stopped teaching him. One of Bill’s common saying was, “I want to learn more.” After her death, Bill went to live with his sister Donna. There he continued to go to movies, bowl, fish, eat out and listen to music on his radio.
During COVID, like all of us, Bill was introduced to Zoom. There he was able to attend classes provided by Blue Bonnet Trails and to attend the meetings of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
With all of the challenges that he faced in life and trying to fit in, he was often aware of his own limitations and sometimes even frustrated because there was so much more that he wanted to do. And yet, through it all, Bill remained a happy person, even a little bit mischievous if you will. He was always eager to meet a new face and eager to find out all about them. If you agreed to a future commitment, you can be sure that he would not forget! In fact, the next time he saw you, that would be the first thing he would mention!
In Bill’s lifelong mission to learn more, little did he know that he had become a teacher as well. He taught us what it means to be patient, what it means to be happy despite all the odds and he taught us that people with disabilities are not someone to fear but someone to have compassion for.
Bill passed away at the St. David’s South Austin Medical Center on the morning of February 4, 2021. He is survived by his 9 siblings and their families.
According to his mother’s directives, his remains will be cremated and buried at the High Grove Cemetery.
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