Former West Wise president dies

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 14, 2018

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The funeral for former West Wise Rural Water Supply Corporation President Rollins Bilby is today in Bridgeport.

Rollins Bilby

The 83-year-old Lake Bridgeport resident died Tuesday.

Bilby was instrumental in the early years of the WWRWSC, now known as the West Wise Special Utility District.

He was president when West Wise built its first water treatment plant, which opened in 1975 on the shores of Lake Bridgeport. The plant, water lines and storage towers cost an estimated $1.1 million and was designed to serve an initial 400 customers in the 45-mile system with the ability to serve up to 700 families without expansion.

At the time it was built, Bilby said it was one of the few rural water corporations in Texas with its own treatment facilities, according to a Feb. 20, 1975, Messenger article.

The plant was later expanded in 1981. West Wise is currently in the process of building a new water treatment plant.

In addition to his work with West Wise, Bilby was a retired American Airlines captain, farmer, rancher and business owner. He was the owner of Twin Hills Restaurant and Store at Lake Bridgeport.

Funeral for Bilby is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Mountain Home Cemetery in Bryson.

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