William Beverly Reagor, Sr., born on August 12, 1925, in Corsicana, Texas, transitioned from this life on 13 January 2023 at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He was the son of the late Roy Reagor and Helen Francis Mullins Reagor.
When William was 7 years old, his family relocated to Roswell, New Mexico. Growing up in Roswell, William loved playing tennis, and men’s softball. He worked at the J.P. White Building, the Roswell Country Club and at New Mexico Military Institute.
William graduated from Carver High School in Roswell and chose to serve his country in the United States Army Air Corps, where he completed training in the School for Med Tech at Camp Barkeley, Texas. William was then assigned to and served during World War II in the 1904th Ordnance Ammunition Company Aviation as an Ammunition NCO in China, Burma, and India. He supervised and inspected ammunition for defects during the loading and unloading of trucks and rail cars while upholding all safety regulations. William received the American Theater Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbons, the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award, and the Victory Medal. As his unit was demobilized, William received his Honorable Discharge from the United States Army in 1946. He was a life member of the American Legion Wyoming Post Number 0006 for 62 years.
Following his military service, William returned to Roswell, and later relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was during this time he began his 30-year career with the Union Pacific Railroad. Beginning as a Chair Car Attendant, he soon became a Pullman Porter, and continued to the completion of his career as an Engineer responsible for operating locomotives.
While in Cheyenne, William met the love of his life, Donna Jean Spencer. They married in 1955 and relocated to Denver, CO where they settled and brought forth their family. His faith led him to become a member of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church for many years. He embodied the spiritual gift of giving through tithes and offerings. In March 1985, he became a member of Peaceful Rest Baptist Church.
William loved spending time with his family. During his early years he enjoyed taking the kids on bicycle rides through the neighborhood and hosting barbecues in the backyard. Cooking was one of his favorite hobbies. He would frequently entertain family and friends in his home with large dinners or small get-togethers. His love for travel took him countless times to places such as Alabama, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
William was preceded in death by his father, Roy Reagor; his mother, Helen Francis Mullins Reagor; his son, William Beverly Reagor, II; his granddaughter, Janessa Rae Spencer; his loving wife of 63 years, Donna Jean Spencer Reagor; his sister-in-law Earla Jean Spencer Mills, and his nephew, Billy Don Mullins.
William is survived by his son The Honorable James B. Lewis (late wife Amanda), of Albuquerque, NM, his son Anthony Martin Spencer of Cheyenne, WY and his daughter Col. Rhonda Diane Reagor Johnson of Denver, CO. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nickea Marie Reagor of Denver, CO; Lori Janas of Cheyenne, WY; Gemini Janas of Durham, NC; Anthony Jamal Spencer (Katie) of Cheyenne, WY; Robert Johnson IV (Bridgette) of Roswell NM; Christopher William Johnson (Misty) of Houston, TX, Brandon Reagor Johnson of Denver CO, James B. Lewis Jr.(Roxanne) of Albuquerque, NM; Teri Reave (Jason) of Memphis, Tennessee; Shedra Jones (Errol), of Atlanta, Georgia; and LaRon Lewis of Albuquerque, N.M as well his great-grandchildren; Breanna Donae Elizabeth Reagor of Denver, CO; Christopher Fritsch (Kaleigh) of Cheyenne, WY; Garrett Allison, Durham of NC; Brock Anthony Spencer, Lynessa OmaraRae Spencer, Jordyn Faith Spencer, and Kylee MacKenzie Webb of Cheyenne, WY; Madasin Payge Webb of Fort Collins, CO, Merriq Isayah William Johnson and Maveriq Jade Johnson of Roswell, NM; Sean Austin Bayes of Roswell, NM; Gianni Michael Fernandez, Moshe Ezekiel William Johnson and Leyah Amani Johnson of Houston, TX; Jasey Rae Reagor Johnson, Ariella Marie Reagor Johnson, Asher William Reagor Johnson and Jenessa Rose Reagor Johnson of Fort Collins, CO, and Carsyn Fritsch of Cheyenne, WY. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law; Bobbie L. Wade, of Colorado Springs, CO and Dr. Alice S. Hill (Herman) of Friendswood, TX, as well as his devoted cousin of over eighty years Alice Jean Gross, of Denver, CO, who has always been respected and loved as a sister to him. He is additionally survived by cousin, Otha Spencer-Williams of Las Vegas, NV, three nieces; Djuanna Wade of Denver, CO; Celetia D. Brent (Bryce) of Oklahoma City, OK, and Dr. Kimberly L. Dickerson of Mays Landing, NJ, as well as great-niece, Tracy Dawn Mullins and mother, Debbie Miles and family of Denver, CO; great-nephews, James Garden of Oklahoma City, OK, and Cameron Jordan of Colorado Springs, CO; great-niece, Breona Brent of Oklahoma City, OK, and one great-great nephew, Brayden J. Brent, of Oklahoma City, OK, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4: 7
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