William L. “Bill” Blanks, 96, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 in Glen Rose, Texas.
He was born August 6, 1925 in San Angelo, Texas to William Henry and Emma Lee Blanks. He was one of 3 children and had 2 sisters Morgan Tayllor Jack and Laura Ann Blanks Robbins. He grew up in West Texas where his father was a rancher and he worked as a cowpuncher. He graduated from Iraan High School in Iraan, Texas where he was active in sports and 4-H Clubs. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 in the South Pacific.
On March 20, 1948 he married Anna Joyce Reed of Granbury, Texas. In 1954, they moved to Fort Worth where they resided until 2017 when Ann passed away and Bill moved to Tolar, Texas to live with family. During their time in Fort Worth, they were active members of the Central Christian Church and cherish their time and friends there.
In 1962 Bill founded the firm of Blanks Welding Supply and worked there until his retirement in 1997.
Bill was raised a Master Mason in Granbury Lodge on January 21, 1952 and served in many areas and just to mention a few:
- Earned his Scottish Right Degree in Dallas in 1960 and honored in 1977 as a Knight Commander Court of Honor of the Fort Worth Scottish Rite bodies
- Life Member of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation since 1968
- Eminent Grand Warden of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas 1977
- Master of Southside Lodge No 1114 during 1980-81
- Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights of Templar of Texas 1983
- 30 year Membership of Royal Order of Scotland Provincial Grand Lodge
- 70 year Master Mason Member recognition awarded in 2021
Bill and Ann enjoyed many fishing trips to Colorado with family as well as many trips to the Robbins Ranch in Mena Arkansas where many memories and laughter was enjoyed by all.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Emma Lee Blanks and his sister Laura Ann Blanks Robbins. Bill is survived by his sister Morgann Tayllor Jack, numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Many thanks to the staff at Glen Rose Nursing and Rehab, who kindly gave him special care during his last weeks here on earth. He enjoyed the meals and playing dominoes and bingo while he was there.