William "Bill" C. Shockley Jr., 81, of College Station, Texas, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2021. Bill was born on March 23, 1940, in Del Rio, Texas, to his parents, William and Audrey Shockley. Bill grew up in Uvalde, Texas, and was a very studious child who loved to learn. He graduated with honors from Uvalde High School as Valedictorian. He went on to earn his Master's degree in Physics from the University of Texas.
In 1966, Bill moved to Seattle, Washington, and worked for Boeing as an engineer. After a year and a half, he moved to Edinburg, Texas to pursue a career as a physics professor at Pan American University, which is now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He proudly taught there for 35 years, where he was recognized for distinguished and outstanding service as both a faculty member and Director of TexPREP.
Bill met the love of his life, Judy Vinson, on the University campus where they both were working. They married in 1982, and have been together since.
In Bill's spare time he enjoyed traveling. He loved to take trips to Europe with Judy, going on Alaskan cruises, and also enjoyed spending weekends at the family ranch near Uvalde.
Bill was a man of great faith. He loved the Lord and was a devout Christian. He was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church.
Bill was a generous, intelligent, and honest man. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make others laugh. He will always be remembered for his loving personality, selfless service to others, and devotion to his family and the Lord. Bill will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
The memories of Bill will be cherished by his wife, Judy Vinson; children, William C. Shockley III and wife Michelle Shockley, Diana Shockley Bird and husband Michael Bird; grandchildren, Gabriel Stone Shockley, Arrie Belle Shockley (Kingwood, TX), Christian Michael Bird, and Elizabeth Hope Bird (Mission, TX); and brother, Thomas Horton Shockley and wife Judy Shockley (Corpus Christi, TX).