William Lewis “Bill” Strait
William Lewis “Bill” Strait, 95, of Beaumont, died Saturday, November 6, 2021. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, on January 27, 1926. He and his family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1940, where he finished high school in 1943. He attended Texas A&I (now Texas A&M, Kingsville) one year before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served two years. He attended Texas A&M where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1949.
Upon graduation, he worked for the Texas Highway Department, in Pharr, Texas; a geophysical exploration concern in Louisiana; consulting engineers in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Raymondville; and a contractor in Beaumont.
In 1959, he went to work for Texaco Research in Port Arthur, being responsible for the construction of the new facilities there. In 1972, he was transferred to the Refinery where he worked on new construction and writing specifications and contracts. He retired in 1984 but returned on a consulting basis for several more years.
He met and married June Guilbeau of Opelousas, Louisiana, in 1952. They had three children: Byron (B.D.) Strait of Sour Lake, Billie Driscoll of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Beverly Aulbaugh of Beaumont; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was a diver on the swim team at Texas A&M and coached the local YMCA Swim Team for fourteen years at the downtown YMCA, YWCA, and the old Olympian Club, and the old West End YMCA.
He was a registered professional engineer, a licensed land surveyor in Texas, and a life member of the Texas and National Society of Professional Engineers. He was also a member of Tau Beta Pi, and honorary engineering society, and a former member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and taught Sunday School continuously for 50 years. He ushered with his son and grandson and headed up a teller team. He served as Administrative Board chairman, and later was recording secretary for nine years. He was active with the Trinity Army, a group of mostly retired men who build two Habitat Houses for Humanity, countless wheelchair ramps, and other needed and repairs and improvements. He and they also worked at Some Other Place, the Wesley Foundation at Lamar University, and regularly at the church and both parsonages.
He loved classical music. He was an avid tennis player along with his wife. He swam regularly at the Wellness Center.
A memorial service for Mr. Strait will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Avenue, Beaumont, with a gathering to follow in Vivion Hall. His cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5247, Beaumont, Texas 77726.
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Trinity United Methodist Church
- 3430, Harrison Ave, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
- November 13, 2021
- 10:00 am
Gathering of Family and Friends Following His Service
Vivion Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church
- 3430, Harrison Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77706,
- 5150, Stivers Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77705,