Billy Spruill obituary (2021) – Odessa, Texas


ODESSA – Dr Billy J. Spruill from Odessa, 54, drove his GIANT through the streets of gold while scratching his Hamer and Epihone on August 3, 2021. After a more than 70-plus bike ride km on 07/17/2021, a few days later, Billy was transported to El Paso for life where he battled a vaccinated case of COVID for 13 days in intensive care. He is survived by his “angel” wife, Dr Mikala Reznik-Spruill of Odessa; daughters Abbey Spruill of League City and Gabriella Spruill of Houston; mother of daughters, Jennifer Esposito; sons James Major Reznik and Drake M. Reznik, both of Odessa; four sisters Lynda White, Bonnie Downs and her husband Milton, Betty Sommers and April Tyner of Conroe-area; several nieces and nephews, three dogs Molly, Sadie, Boomer; four big cats and a big dog. Billy was exceptionally loved by the Rezniks, the Stones and his friends. He is predeceased by his parents Lois Marie and Joe Bob Spruill of Deer Park.

Born in Pasadena, Texas on December 11, 1966, Bill (as known to his family) attended Deer Park High School where he played violin and college tennis. Earning a GED in his freshman year, Billy enrolled in mortuary school and played music professionally all over Texas. Playing bass and singing with Jeff Griffith (Woolsey) and the Taste of Texas Band in Nashville, TN was a highlight of his professional music career.

Billy married Jennifer Esposito in 1990 and the “little girl” Abbey was born in 1994 as Billy continued to bring his music across Texas. In 1998, Billy joined the LaPorte Police Academy as a “little girl” Gabriella was being born (literally) and was an officer in the LaPorte Police Department until 2006, winning numerous awards and accolades. .

The household moved to Monahans where Billy served as full time music minister. He was quickly recruited into law enforcement for the Monahans Police Department where he served as a 2007-2014 lieutenant and second in command. It has a significant impact in the community and the region by working with local, state and national agencies. Billy continued his love of music by volunteering with the worship group at Crossroads-Monahans.

In 2014, Billy moved from assistant professor to full-time professor at Odessa College under the prestigious Department of Criminal Justice, receiving numerous recognitions and awards for many years. An honor offered by his administration, Billy attended a national educators conference in 2015, where he met Mikala while she was leading classes in the higher education journey. The couple then tied the knot in 2016 at the family home in Lake Brownwood, with an even more astonishing two-day celebration featuring the tie-dye theme, live music and a serenade from Abbey and Gabriella, and their loved ones. . Billy couldn’t be happier that he also won his two sons. His time leading worship at the Odessa Biblical Church and as a grassroots electric guitar musician and singer with worship at the Antioch Christian Church has blessed so many people.

Bill was a cycling ambassador with Bike Law and rode weekly with the West Texas Gazelles, Peyton’s and Holy Cross rides. He valued the Permian Basin Bicycle Association and the Bike Law for their promotion and safe growth, which went a long way in his achievement of a healthy lifestyle.

Billy’s academic journey began at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston (BA, 2006), several degrees from Liberty University (BS and MS in Criminal Justice; MA in Management and Leadership; MS in CJ: Public Administration), and ended in May 2021 after earning a PhD in Higher Education Education-Leadership from the Christian University of Abilene. His dream job was his latest faculty development trainer at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Midland College. His published thesis can be viewed on https: // article = 1392 & context = etd

Two celebrations of Billy’s life have been planned: one was held in Odessa, Texas on Saturday August 14 at 2:00 pm at the Antioch Christian Church; and one to be held in Houston (Deer Park), TX on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Grand View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to #BillysHelmets (https: // gofundme / 54e4531e) or call Peyton’s Bikes at 432.699.1718.

Posted by Odessa American on Aug 22, 2021.


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