William “Bill” Lloyd Droddy left this world on Jan. 19. Bill was 76 years old and was the son of Addis and Artie Droddy. He was born in Orange, on Oct. 1, 1938.
From a very young age Bill instinctively knew how an engine should run and showed off his skill through many drag races out on the back roads of Southeast Texas. In 1963, Bill and his family moved to Houston where he took a job for A. J. Foyt in the service department. He became one of Mr. Foyt’s go-to men when an engine needed a little tune up. He was invited to go, and did go to, at least one of A. J.’s Indianapolis 500 races. He loved fast cars. He could assess a car’s problems without much hesitation.
He is survived by his son, Roger Lloyd Droddy and partner, Judy Harvey, of Cypress; daughter, Kerri Lynn Droddy of Vidor; brother, Joe Droddy and wife, Jonell of Vidor; and his longtime companion, Nelda Scott of Lumberton. His nieces and nephews will always remember their Uncle Bill.
He lived, he loved, he sought after knowledge, he trusted others, he was loyal; he rose to the top of his profession. He was a good man. He has a host of life-long friends that speaks volumes of a man’s character. He loved life, but most of all he loved his children, Kerri and Roger.
Friends are invited to join the family at a memorial service which will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, at 2:00pm on Saturday, Jan. 24. A visitation will be held Saturday from noon until the time of the service.