William “Bill” O’Brien

William “Bill” O’Brien, 57, of Bryan, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at his residence. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 11, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral Services are set for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 12, at the funeral home, with Rev. Henry Stovall officiating. Interment will follow at Macy Cemetery.

Bill was born December 12, 1952, in Houston, Texas, to Eben and Mildred O’Brien. He attended St. Thomas High School in Houston, and in 1976 he graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries. On July 15, 2000, Bill married his wife, Becky Charlene O’Brien.

He worked as a general contractor and he was a rancher with his own cattle brand. Bill was loved by many and respected by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister-in-law, Beverly O’Brien.

Survivors include his wife, Becky O’Brien, of Bryan, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy Joe Stratta, of Bryan, Texas, Chris and Lisa Stratta, of Little Elm, Texas, Barry and Sarah Stratta, of College Station, Texas, brother, Mike O’Brien and his fiancé Gloria Smith, both of Columbia, MO; grandchildren, Joey, Summer, Charlie, Preston, and Maddie Stratta; and his lifelong friend, Larry Linbeck, of Houston, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Bill’s honor to the American Diabetes Association at PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.


  1. Bill’s warmth and kindness will be remembered and sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. We were so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a great guy and will be missed.

    Kim Rogers & Allen Loller

  3. To Becky and the O’Brien family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill will be greatly missed. He was such a nice, kind hearted man.

    Keith & Tracey Biggs

  4. Becky, You and your Family are in our prayer’s. We are so sorry for your loss of Bill. I met him one time at the Third Floor Cantina so did not know him well. What I do know is how much you loved your man Becky. The way you spoke of him of being such a good man, A wonderful husband,Stepfather and Grandpa. Always keep those Wonderful memories of him close to you. God Bless you all.
    God Bless Bill and keep him in your care Lord.
    Frank, Jenny & Gina x

  5. Becky I am so sorry for your loss, hold on to all of your memories and Bill will live forever in your heart.
    God bless you and your family.

  6. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Becky. Bill was such a special person that I always enjoyed seeing.

    Diane and James Storrs

  7. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family during this sudden loss of Bill. He will be missed by everyone but not forgotten. We love you, Becky and you and the boys will be in our prayers.
    Love and Hugs,
    Kathy & Jerry

  8. Dear Becky,
    I am so sorry for your loss. This world is a better place because Bill was in it. When you became apart of his life – he was complete. I thank God for you. I am blessed to have known the wonderful person Bill was. He lived his life as an example of how we all should live. He made an impact on others by his character and values.
    Please let Angel and I assist you and your family in any way needed. Angel always told me if something happened to him to go to Bill. Therefore, I want you to know we want to do the same for you. Please call at any time. We are here for you!