April 25, 1940 – April 29, 2020
Bill Neyland was the longest standing KHCB volunteer, beginning to serve 57 years ago in 1963. He began hosting “Songs for Sunday” in October of 1964, the year he graduated from college. Bill served faithfully on Sunday morning from 6am – 9am to play music and prepare hearts for worship. Bill also auditioned new music for KHCB from 1965 – 1985. In addition, he hosted a weekly children’s program on Thursday afternoons, called “Uncle Bill”, that began in the 1980s and aired until 2002. It was a 15 minute program where Uncle Bill taught short Bible lessons and played children’s music.
Bill was born April 25, 1940 in Beaumont, TX. He received his civil engineering degree from Rice University in 1964. He worked for the Texas Highway Department designing cloverleafs, bridges and overpasses for many years in Houston.
Bill discovered KHCB by reading about it in the paper. He began to listen to the “Pastors Study” and liked it very much and became a faithful listener. He enjoyed watching KHCB grow from one station in Houston to 57 outlets in five states. He loved to share God’s Word and his favorite scripture was Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word be that goeth forth out of mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Bill was a bachelor. He had a passion for owning and riding horses, photography and travelling. Bill just celebrated his 80th birthday, April 25, and the next day came to KHCB for his shift. Bill went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 29th after being hospitalized for injuries he sustained in a fall.
Bill is survived by his brother Tom, four nieces and nephews, 12 grand-nieces and grand-nephews and his horse, Fleur. The family has asked that in lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be directed to KHCB.
Bill would always close “Songs for Sunday” by saying, “Good Bye and Good Morning.” Bill has said ‘Good Bye” to us for now, but one day we will see him again and say “Good Morning”. Well done Bill, good and faithful servant.