William (Bill) James Walstead Jr.

William (Bill) James Walstead Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The family will welcome friends for a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel, in Baytown. The family also invites you for a time of visitation immediately after the service.

William (Bill) James Walstead Jr., 83, of Baytown, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. He was born on June 20, 1935, in Cranford, New Jersey, to parents William James Walstead and Edith Ruth Bingham Walstead.

Bill grew up in Westfield, New Jersey where he fell in love with and married Lois.

After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a chemical engineer, they moved to Baytown and enjoyed raising their four children. 

Outside his career at Humble Oil / Exxon, Bill’s interests included fishing, basketball, gardening, the Red Stocking Review, the Baytown Little Theater, Exxon Singers, helping with Lakewood Swim Team, and coaching his son, Jim. He also enjoyed playing pranks with friends.  

Early retirement allowed him a second career in financial planning and time to coach his grandson, Bentley, in basketball.  Bill was very patriotic, musical, a huge dog lover, and became a proud Texan!

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 49 years, Lois Ann Walstead; son, James William Walstead; grandson, Weston Charlie Crowe; and sister, Marion Hilliard.

He is survived by three daughters, Faye Blackshear and husband, Murray, Jennifer Crowe and husband, Jackie, and Laura Muscat and husband, Tony; grandchildren, Blake and wife, Ali, Brittney, Beau, Bentley, and Bayley Ann Blackshear, Travis, Derrick, and Marshall Crowe, Connor, Carson, and Chandler Muscat; and great grandsons, Luke Weston and Jake Harrison Blackshear.

The family will welcome friends for a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel, in Baytown.

The family also invites you for a time of visitation immediately after the service.