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William Edward Teas




AAFA #1097




Bill and Oletia at the 2009 Ball

Bill and Oletia at the 2009 HATDS Holiday Ball

December 12, 2009

From Houston Area Traditional Dance Society






Pearland, Brazoria Co, TX—23 December 2009


            William E. “Bill” Teas, a native of Bellaire, Texas was born February 3, 1932 to Paul P. and Annie-Jo Teas and passed away December 19, 2009 at his home in Pearland, Texas. He was a member of the Teas Nursery family.

            Bill graduated from Lamar High School in 1950, the University of Houston in 1954 - the class that put KHUF channel 8 on the air. He married Oletia Booker on April 17, 1954.

            Bill served as a 1st Lt. in the Quartermaster Core at Ft. Lee, Va. He and Oletia moved to Galveston where he was a cameraman for KGUL TV, channel 11. When KGUL moved to Allen Parkway, he became the film editor at the same time he returned to U of H. In 1962 he went to work for AMF Tuboscope in the research and development department. He was the first operator of the Line-O-Log (smart pig) and traveled from Canada to Venezuela, England to Okinawa and Alaska and many back road places in the U.S.

            After 25 years he retired and went to work for Oletia’s Ceramic ’N Art Company where he developed C ’N A Slip and Dinnerstone Slip. They retired in 1997. In 1999 they moved from Alvin to Country Place in Pearland. They traveled to England for genealogical research and a country dance tour. He was a charter member of Bay Area Genealogy Soc., Houston Genealogy Forum, and Friends of Clayton Research Library.

            He was the historian and a charter member of Houston Area Traditional Dance Society, Oxford Hall’s English dancers, Swinging Seniors Square Dancers, and Alvin Country Squares. Bill was the eternal joke teller and never so happy as when he could bring a smile to some one’s face and better yet make them laugh. He was an amateur clown.

            He is survived by his wife, Oletia B. Teas of 55 years and dancing partner of 61 years; son, Wayne and JoNell Teas; daughter, Adana and Gary Mutchler; granddaughters, Cassandra Teas and Amanda and Drake Smith; and brother, Joe and Wanda Teas.

            Memorial Services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 26, 2009 in The Carriage House at Country Place at 2620 McHard Rd East of HWY. 288. Dress is casual. Please send no flowers. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to Friends of Clayton Library 5300 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004. Please note that any checks must be made out specifically to “Friends of Clayton Library” to be sure donations go to the correct destination.

            Condolences can be sent to the Teas Family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of William Edward Teas (SS# issued in TX), last residence Pearland, Brazoria Co., TX.

            Folks who attended the 1999 meeting in San Antonio, TX, will remember Bill with his early version digital camera taking photos everywhere.

            His Alford lineage, from his great-grandmother: Christina Josephina “Jossie” 1860 Sweden4, Frank 1820 Sweden5.


            The following poem, posted at the HATDS website, was written by Barbara Moore and read at Bill’s memorial service on December 26, 2009.



I sat Christmas night with a hot cup of tea,
Bundled up against winter chill
As thought crossed my mind of a unique experience
Meeting a gentleman by the name of Bill.


Oletia and Bill, so much in love
Enjoyed going places,
Everyone knew they shared something special
By the “knowing look” on their faces


I guess the Fates had crossed our paths
Through genealogy
From that day forward we were together
As much as we could be


Do-si-do and promenade your “corner”
The caller told us all
And Bill would proudly escort
His partner through the square dance hall


Find a partner, Improper lines!
We heard the caller say
So conscious of the new ones there
Bill helped them Contradance that day


“I just can’t make this program work”
He heard someone’s concern
He quickly stepped over to explain to them
That he could help them learn

He truly studies computers
Their programs and their quirks
Through massive ancestral journeys
He also made it work


We’d form a group for a trip
To the Renaissance Faire
Good friends, good food and lots of laughter
In the open air.


We all talked of folks wearing Chain Mail
Their bodies almost like an open book
He referred to the women with “pans of roasting hens”
Oh yes, he DID steal a look.


I don’t think he knew any strangers
He always spoke to everyone
And God help all the restaurant staff
He always told a joke or pun!


Bill’s life had facets like a diamond
In our lives he has been a gem
How very fortunate and blessed
For us to have known him


I’ll think of things he taught me
As I struggle up “Research Hill”
This sweet, distinguished gentlemen
We all knew as Bill.