In Memorium...Bill Ennis (1933-2009)
"...he created the Citizens Police Academy in the State of Texas..."
Billy B. Ennis, age 76, of Texas City, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2009 at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Funeral services were held August 31, 2009 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home with Reverend David Green officiating.
Billy was born April 7, 1933 in Weslaco, Texas to Clyde Ennis and Lela Asher Ennis. He joined the Marine Corp in 1950 with his mother's permission serving during the Korean War where he was stationed in Paris, France at the U.S. Embassy. After his military service he attended the University of Texas at Austin and in 1956 he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety where he remained until his retirement in 1977. After being bored with retirement he joined the Missouri City police department as a Lieutenant. While at Missouri City he started the Fort Bend County Law Enforcement Academy, now the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy where he instructed many new peace officers. After his retirement at Missouri City P.D. he was called to be Chief of Police at the Jamaica Beach Police Department from 1995 until 1999. After his tenure as Chief Officer Ennis enlisted as a reserve deputy with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office and was a Jamaica Beach City Councilman. Billy was a man of faith and a Presbyterian. Billy was an active law enforcement officer and among his many accomplishments he created the Citizens Police Academy in the State of Texas. In 1995 in recognition of his many contributions to Law Enforcement in Texas he was awarded in the Professional Achievement Award from the State of Texas by then Governor George W. Bush. In 2004 he received the outstanding service award from the Galveston County Sheriff's Office. He was also a graduate of the FBI Academy.
Preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Fred Ennis and Cleve Ennis; survivors include wife of 25 years, Patricia Ann Ennis of Texas City; daughters, Tammy Skinner and husband Bobby of Jones Creek, Texas, Elvia Moeller and husband Mark of Houston, and Leslie Gremillion and husband Bill of Spring; sons, Kyle Warren of Texas City, and Ryan Warren of Texas City; grandchildren, Ashley Smith, Kayla Gremillion, Austin Gremillion, Sabina Moeller, Mark Moeller, Jr., Misty Gremillion, and Lindsey Bartay; 7 great grandchildren; his beloved pets, Ellie, Beau and Tinker; numerous other relatives and friends.
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