William John “Bill” Brayton passed away at his home in Katy Saturday, Oct. 10 at the age of 73 years. He was born Mar. 4, 1947, in El Paso, to John Thomas Brayton and Mary Sophia Moran Brayton. On Oct. 26, 1968, he married Dorothy Helen Flisowski in Brenham. They were married for 28 years until her passing in 1996. In 1998, he married Debra “Debbie” Marie Waybourn.
In Bill’s early years, he owned his own businesses, the Rice Belt Restaurant and the Electric Lunch Café in Katy. He then started working for HEB grocery store. Bill worked for HEB grocery store in Columbus for 25 years as a manager. He absolutely loved it and loved every one of his customers and coworkers. He called them his “HEB Family.” Bill never met a stranger. He was a very outgoing and friendly man. He would do anything for anyone and was a true giver with a golden heart. Bill was the president of the American Little League Association and enjoyed his work with teaching life skills to special needs children and adolescents. He took them to the grocery store with him up until they graduated high school. Bill was also a giver to his community and would try to do anything he could when anyone was in need, one time even donating a piano to a church that needed one. He enjoyed listening to country music and playing poker on his computer. Bill enjoyed spending what free time he had with his family. He loved them unconditionally, and will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Debbie Waybourn Brayton; sons with Dorothy, John Brayton of Mansfield, and Matthew Brayton and his wife Nicole of Katy; stepson Jimmy Campbell and his wife Katrina Hendrix of Pattison; grandchildren Shane Brayton of Katy and Cypress, Luke Brayton, Brooks Brayton, Daisy Campbell and Austin Campbell, all of Katy; sister Kay Glover of Buchanan Dam; nieces Tiffany Barganski, Brittany Barganski, both of Houston, and Terri Gale; his beloved Pomeranian, Izzy; as well as other loving family members and friends. His first wife, Dorothy Helen Brayton preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 1996; and his parents, John and Mary Brayton and two sisters, Betsy Sandlin and Tracey Barganski, also preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel, in Katy, with his friend Steven Theiss officiating. Interment in Katy Magnolia Cemetery.
Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so via online to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=wtg-lz-dona....
Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net.