William ‘Bill’ Senter Hamblin Jr., 65, of Bridgeport died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his home in Bridgeport. Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Emilio Rodriguez Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are James Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez, James Hamblin Jr., Nicholas Scarpinato, Bill Gasperson and Donovan Bradley. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Gasperson, Joe Simecek and Robert John Ward.
Bill was born Jan. 2, 1948, in Wichita Falls to W.S. Hamblin Sr. and Dorothy Jean (Jones) Hamblin. The family moved to Bridgeport where Bill graduated from high school. He spent a year at UT Arlington and also served his country in the Marines for 18 months – 16 of which were spent in Vietnam. He earned several military honors.
He was a rural mail carrier, a member of the Rural Carrier Association and past president of the Local Unit. His hobbies included reading, fishing, beekeeping and spending time with family and friends. He also earned an award for being the greatest grandpa.
Bill is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carmen (Escajeda) Hamblin; daughter Patricia Bridwell and husband, Jay; sons William ‘Will’ Hamblin III and wife, Danielle (Bunge), and Paul S. Hamblin; brothers Robert, James, Terry, Larry and Mike Hamblin; sister Barbara (Hamblin) Scarpinato; and grandchildren Joshua Bridwell and Aiden and Dylan Hamblin, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Sebero and Aurora Escajeda, and beloved nephew Sam Rodriguez.