Billy Bruce Dollar, 72, of Alva, Okla., passed away Oct. 8, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo.
Services took place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in Wellington, Texas with Derrick Thomas, of Alva, officiating. Burial, with Military Honors, followed in North Fairview Cemetery in Wellington. Arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.
Bruce was born on Aug. 15, 1949, in Parmer County, Texas to Billy Gene and Reta Dollar. He graduated from Farwell High School in Farwell, Texas in 1967.
On April 8, 1970, Bruce was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a Medical Corpsman. While serving in the Vietnam Conflict, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 11, 1971.
Bruce graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from West Texas State University in 1974. He began teaching and coaching in Wellington immediately following his graduation. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration in 2008 from New Mexico Highlands University.
On Dec. 27, 1975, Bruce married Judy Carol Peters, of Wellington, at First Baptist Church Wellington. Bruce and Judy welcomed their only son, Billy, into the world on Oct. 6, 1987, in Amarillo, Texas.
In 1980, Bruce accepted his first football head coaching position at Farwell High School, following assistant positions in both Wellington and Stratford, Texas. He went on to be the head coach at Stratford, Sanford-Fritch, Kermit and Dimmitt before he retired, after 30 years of teaching and coaching in Texas.
He then moved on to Tularosa, N.M., where in 2001, his Wildcats won the Class 2A State Football Championship. In 2003, Bruce accepted the head coaching position in Alamogordo, N.M. In 2006, his Tigers were 5A State Runner-up, after a loss to Mayfield High School.
Bruce went on to Carlsbad and Hobbs, before retiring in New Mexico. He then finished his coaching and teaching career in Alva, with his team earning the Girls 2A Track and Field State Runner-Up in 2015.
He coached his son Billy at Alamogordo, N.M. as well as coached alongside him, in Hobbs, N.M. and Alva.
Bruce dedicated 45 years to the game of football and 49 years to the education of young men and women across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, earning numerous achievements and recognitions along the way.
His faith and his family were most important to him, and he spent his retirement playing golf and visiting his grandchildren.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Dollar, of Alva; his son, Billy Dollar and wife Dusti, of Conroe, Texas; four grandchildren, Raquel, Brayson, Barrett and Riggen; two brothers, Warlick and Dennis; and two sisters, Cecilia “Polly” and Natalie.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Wellington Cemetery Association, P.O. 321, Wellington, TX 79095, or your favorite religious or scholastic charity.
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