February 7, 1930 ~ June 7, 2022 (age 92)


Family will receive guests at Holley Funeral Home, Thursday, June 9th, 6-8 PM. Burial will be on Friday, June 10th, 1 PM, in Mable Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, KANSAS.

William Coleman, "W. C." or "Bill" Popham, Jr. 92, transitioned from this earthly existence to his heavenly reward on Tuesday, June 7, 2002.  He was a 340+ year employee of the Santa Fe Railroad (now Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad).  Retiring at the young age of 58, W. C. had worked his way up from a rail worker in the plains of Texas and Kansas through a series of promotions including Roadmaster, Yardmaster, and eventually Superintendent of the Centralized Welding Plant in Amarillo, Texas.  He enjoyed his upwardly mobile positions in several locations including Dodge City, Kansas, LaJunta (Swink), Colorado and ultimately, coming home to Amarillo, Texas in 1977., 

As a fourth-generation Texas, W. C. was the fourth child and only son of William C. Popham, Sr. and Lillian Gertrude Weatherly Popham.  With four sisters to surround him with love, care and correction, he developed a unique and ornery personality. He was always the "life of the party" and especially enjoyed being with his work family and golf buddies. His favorite outside hobbies was golfing (often participating and placing high in regional amateur golf tournaments) along with his particulary enjoyable Sunday afternoon football viewing while relaxing in his favorite comfortable recliner.

W> C>married Alice Messer on August 22, 1959, and to this union was born a daughter, Debra Coleen Popham, and a son Michael Dale Popham.  This "Brady Bunch" family was greatly-enhanced with the welcome relationship of his much-loved stepson, Ronald Lee Stateler.  "Bill and Alice" (as they were most often referred to) were married for 50 years before Alice Popham transitioned to her heavenly reward on February 9, 2010.

Bill was a Sunday School Superintendent in the Rocky Ford (Colorado) Assembly of God Church for many years before moving to Newton, Kansas.  After moving from Kansas back to Amarillo, Bill has honored to be the Key member of the Steering Committee for the new sanctuary housing the San Jacinto Assembly of God in Amarillo.  For many years, Alice, was the church pianist and Sunday School teacher in the various places they resided.  W.C. was a faithful member of San Jacinto Assembly of God for 45 years.

W.C. was preceded in death by his parents, stepson Ronald Lee Stateler, his sisters Cleo Lane (Manteca, CA), Josephine Carroll (Bell Gardens, CA), Roberta Parkhill (Abilene, Texas), Fern Smith (Sterling Heights, MI), and a granddaughter Stephane Stateler Schmidt (Corpus Christi, Texas).

He is survived by his daughter Debra Coleen Popham Baze (Amarillo, Texas); son Michael Dalle Popham (Josh-West Hollywood, CA): grandsons Randall Douglas Stateler (Becky), Oklahoma City OK: Devin Alexander Baze, Amarillo, TX: Taylor Michael Popham Franklin, TN: Kenley Mitchell Popham, Franklin, TN: two great-grandchildren, Ronald Stateler (Katherine Kelley), Oklahoma City, OK: and Toni Stateler (Brennan), Edmond OK.   W.C. was extremely blessed to live to see the birth of Rory Stateler, Kinley Stateler, and Kasima Stateler all of Edmond, OK.  He was also "Uncle Dub" to many nieces and nephews in both the Popham and Messer Families. 

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June 9, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holley Funeral Home
205 North 11th St
Canyon, TX 79015

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