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William Bill Secor, obituary

William “Bill” Brearley Secor, of Brentwood, Tenn., and formerly of Dallas, Texas, died Dec. 27, 2012. 

He was born to Dana M. and Sarah L. Secor on Nov. 16, 1931 and grew up in Midland, Texas, where he excelled in high school track and football. He graduated with a BA from Austin College, a BSEE from Texas A&M and a MSEE from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a radio/radar operator for the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.  He married Sara Louise Marshall in 1954.

Mr. Secor began his engineering career with RCA where he worked on the Ranger 7 spacecraft, an early phase of the USA lunar exploration program. In 1964, the family moved back to Dallas, Texas where he became an electronics engineer for LTV Electrosystems, which later became E-Systems and then Raytheon. His work at the company focused on classified intelligence gathering by satellite surveillance. He stayed with the company for 27 years, retiring as Vice President for Division Support in 1991.

An ethical man of high standards, he valued fairness, attention to detail, his dogs and above all, his family. 

Mr. Secor is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sara of Brentwood, Tenn.; daughters, Marsha Tucker (Robbie) of Thompson Station, Tenn., and Cynthia Welsh (Michael) of Greeley, Colo.; son, William Evan (Ginny) of Atlanta, Ga., six grandchildren and one great grandson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or to First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Tenn.

Memorial services were conducted Dec 31, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church of Franklin.

Heritage Funeral Home - Franklin assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences for the family at

01/04/2013, Williamson Herald

Posted on: 12/31/2012


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