Billy Lee Tennison, age 69, of Gatesville, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 in Temple surrounded by his family. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Walker Cemetery in Ft. Hood, with Robert Herring officiating. Funeral procession to Walker Cemetery, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Scotts Funeral Home. Following graveside services, a time of fellowship and dinner for the family and friends will be at New Hope Ministries, 608 East Leon St., on the Square in Gatesville. He was born on August 15, 1949 in Fort Worth, TX, to the late Tommy Lee Tennison and Christine Swiney Tennison. He went to school in Jonesboro TX . Billy started out Hauling log out in Arizona when he was 18 years old. Then went on the road as a Truck Driver. Bill has five children Sherry, Billy Joe, Jimmy, Christy and James. In March of 1976 he was on route going down Interstate 70 between Kansas City, Kansas and Oak Grove, Missouri and over the C.B. “Lose Motor” talked to “Country Sunshine”, that is where he meet Lynn Tennison . Over the year they got closer. In October of 1981, Bill asked Lynn to be his wife. Over the years Bill picked up the name “Cracker Jack”. In the years Bill worked as a construction worker and built 130 Toll Road and 45 Toll Road in Austin. Over his later years, he worked for J and H Trucking out of Hamilton, TX. His Route was from Houston, TX to Denver, Co. He enjoyed that ride through the Rocky Mountains. Bill enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, cooking and most of all being around family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Christine Tennison; sister, Bobby Jean Emory; brothers, Jimmy Ray, Tommy Wayne and Leslie Dean Tennison. He is survived by wife Lynn Tennison; children, Sherry Tenopir and husband, Leroy, Billy Joe Tennison and wife, Kelli, Jimmy Tennison and wife, Stacey, his baby girl, Christine Ann Tennison, and James Lee Tennison; nine grandchildren, Brittany, Matthew, Cody, Tiffany, Megan, Nichole, Skyler, Kyle and Austin; and twelve great-grandchildren. Bill made friends where ever he went.