Obituary: Billy Ray Eubanks, M.D.
Billy Ray Eubanks, visionary, teacher, mentor, pilot, patriot, physician, scholar, business leader, philanthropist, entrepreneur, chef, Christian, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend went home to eternal rest suddenly on the 10th of May 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bill was a man of great compassion and rejoiced in each day. He made the most of every moment of his life and lived life on the edge. He left his mark on the world and touched the lives of many with his loving and giving ways. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment, service and dedication that will inspire and challenge others to use their talents and gifts to the fullest.
Bill Eubanks was born on the 11th of September 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shortly afterward his family relocated to Carthage, Texas. Growing up in Texas, he embraced the outdoor life style. He was passionate about camping, fishing, hunting and all outdoor activities. Bill was 16 when his father, William Eubanks, died.
Bill quickly grew up and became the man of the house. It was now his responsibility to provide and care for his mother, Mattie Eubanks and brother, Albert Eubanks. His mother instilled within him the strong Christian work ethic that would drive his future success. The message she often repeated “Dream what you dare to dream, go where you want to go and be what you want to be but be kind along the way.” Even in the adult years of Bill’s life, he called his mother every day “just to listen and get advice”.
Bill saw the immediate need to use his wits to make a living for his family. His first business was growing and selling organic vegetables. This was supplemented by working in the East Texas oil and gas fields as a pipeliner and rough-neck in the summers.
Bill recognized education was the way to move forward with his life goals and plans. After graduating from Carthage High School, he received a scholarship to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Bill was the first in his family to attend college. He was a proud Baylor Bear.
After his Baylor graduation, he joined the U. S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean War. He was a true American patriot.
Bill attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Receiving his Doctor of Medicine was a proud accomplishment. He established The Urology Clinic at West Jefferson Hospital.
He continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 1992. During his active medical years he was President of the Jefferson Parish Medical Society and served on the board of First National Bank of Jefferson Parish.
Never one to be idle, Bill created many other businesses. These ran the scope of real estate condo conversions, designing and manufacturing armaments for the U.S. Government, and energy investments. However, his first love was the energy business.
In 1984, Bill purchased his first 100% owned energy project from Shell Oil. It was a success and he was off and running in the energy business. In order to have more insight into business, he attended Harvard Business School for 3 years. He was a graduate of OPM 18.
One could not know Bill without understanding the great value he placed on honesty, integrity and trust. One of the pillars of Bill’s entrepreneurial success was his commitment to long term relationships.
Even with all his achievements, Bill never forgot who he was — a man of deep faith, unwavering determination and boundless energy. He lived his life by the simple principal “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Success never seemed to affect Bill except to provide him the opportunity to help and share with others. He was passionate about his family and friends. Bill gave to his family and friends never wanting anything in return except their love and respect. He was the consummate husband, father and grandfather. Bill pushed everyone to new adventures. He was truly an adventurer with a heart for exploration and travel. Bill leaves a legacy of love and contribution.
Bill for many years was the 1st prize winner sponsor of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and a supporter of the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Cattle Baron’s Ball and Victory, Open Door Mission, New Orleans Opera Association, Houston Symphony, The Aspen Institute, Houston Museum of Natural Science, a founder of the New Orleans Chapter of Les Amis d’ Escoffier Society as well as a member of the Houston Chapter and holder of the Medal of Merit, Chaine des Rotisseurs Regional Balli, active in the New Orleans and Houston Chapters of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, a member of the New Orleans Petroleum Club, New Orleans Claret Club, River Oaks Men’s Breakfast Club, the Coronado Club, Amici della Vite , both the New Orleans and Houston Chapters of International Wine and Food Society, a Regent of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Krewe of Alla, Mensa International and River Oaks Baptist Church.
Bill Eubanks’ life is a story of triumph over adversity. While his passing leaves a void that will never be filled, his commitment to hard work, persistence and caring will be timeless examples of life’s lessons.
Bill knew that all of his accomplishments that God has blessed him with would be gone the moment his life on earth ended. He knew what would matter for eternity was how much he had loved and the good he had done. Bill appreciated the challenges and spiritual guidance given by Reverend Martus Miley. It was a blessing in his life.
Bill was blessed with a dedicated and loyal staff that kept him on track and all running smoothly. It is with great appreciation to Becky Miettinen, Anthony Turney, William Marcano, Alfonso Flores, Maribel Robles and Espirion Roman for their service. To all the doctors, nurses and technicians at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital a special thank you for your constant caring and dedication to Bill the last 7 years.
Bill Eubanks is survived by his devoted wife Bonnie, children Leigh Ellen, Sherri, Brad and Karl, grandchildren Elizabeth, Christopher, Eric, Alexandra, Brooke, Henry, Brent, Victoria and William, sister in law Cristie as well as numerous extended family and friends.
Bill’s final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a date yet to be determined. Plans are being completed for “Final Salute Celebrations” of Bill’s life in Houston, Aspen and New Orleans.
I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. John 11:25
They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, and they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
For those desiring, remembrances in Bill’s honor may be made to the following or a charity of choice. Baylor University, University Development Department of Philosophy, Eubanks Account, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050 or at Baylor.edu/giving; Tulane University School of Medicine c/o Mark McKeown Eubanks Account, 1430 Tulane Avenue #8745, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 or at Medicine.tulane.edu.
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