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Memorial Service

New Fountain United Methodist Church
Saturday July 16th, 2022

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William John Southwell, III

William John Southwell III was born on January 19, 1933 in Edinburg, TX and went to his eternal home on July 6, 2022 in Hondo, TX

John graduated from McAllen High School in 1951, volunteered for the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1957.

During his career, John was President and CEO of 2 international companies, a homebuilder and realtor as well as a Financial Consultant.  He was on the lay staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for several years.

John and his wife, Debbie, moved to Hondo in 2004.  Several years later they became CASA volunteers which led them to form HANK, Inc. (Helping Abused & Neglected Kids).

John was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Billie Jo Southwell, and his brother, James W. Southwell.  He leaves behind the love of his life, Debbie, son John (Penny) Southwell, daughter Dion (Brian) Lawson, son Mark (Nicole) Southwell, brother Steve (Sheryl) Southwell, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, John’s wish was that tax-deductible donations be made to HANK, Inc.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at New Fountain United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. Please wear bright colors; John wanted this to be a joyous celebration of his life.

Services are under the direction of Hondo Funeral Home.

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Debbie, though I wanted to attend the memorial service, this will not be possible. Family members are all out of town, and I cannot leave Craig. I know the church will be overflowing with loved ones and many friends whose lives have been touched by John (and you). Please know that Craig and I are there in spirit…and send love your way.
Susan and Craig Denton

Susan Denton Jul 16 2022 9:17 AM

My sincere condolences for you and your family.

Linda McNair Jul 12 2022 8:42 AM

May you Rest In Peace John. Thank you for your fabulous work with HANK and the change you brought to so many lives!

Janet Stock Jul 9 2022 3:25 AM

One of my very best friends, and a great believer who brought many other to a closer relationship with God and Jesus.

Sid Harris Jul 8 2022 6:04 PM

John was an inspiration to any of us who worked with children. My fondest memories are the Christmas celebrations that were conducted for the children of Medina Co. I appreciated the efforts of HANK and John's efforts to provide placement opportunities for children to stay in their counties of their origin
He leaves behind a wonderful legacy and the love of his life. Rest in peace old friend

Patricia Putnam Jul 8 2022 1:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William John Southwell, III

Desiree F. Jul 8 2022 9:56 AM

May you rest in peace. Such a kind generous person. Thank you for helping meet the needs of children in care. Prayers for the family.

Rebecca B Jul 8 2022 6:34 AM