Whether they realize it or not, every parent can relate to Rep. Phil King.At a brief ceremony to honor the late William G. “Bill” Coody - a former Weatherford College instructor and statesman - on the Weatherford College campus Thursday afternoon, King told why. Some years ago, King said, his daughter Kristy took a government class with Coody and she had to write a paper on the Constitution. At the time, King himself was teaching Constitutional Law at Dallas Baptist and so his daughter asked him for “help” writing the paper. “I ended up writing most of it and do you know [Coody] gave her a ‘C’ on that paper?” King laughed. “I couldn’t believe it.”Stories like that and many more were told by not only King but Coody’s wife, Sue, as a Resolution honoring Bill Coody for his “integrity and faithful service to his constituencies” was read. Family members at the ceremony included daughter Cathy Zellers and husband, Ed, and son Sam Coody and wife, Lisa. Also, grandson Jacob Coody and friend Amy Herrera were in attendance. All accepted the Resolution from King.The Resolution to the “much-admired Coody” ended with this tribute: “Though it is impossible to gauge the full effect of a man’s life, some people leave their unmistakable mark on the world as they move through it, and Bill Coody’s contributions will long resonate in the lives of all who knew him.”Further, in the two-page official Resolution, signed by Speaker of the House Joe Straus, Coody was recognized for “his ability to defuse tense situations through his good humor” and for his “close and lasting friendships with colleagues in Austin.” During his final session in the early 1980s, Coody was named a Texas Monthly “Ten Best” legislator.Coody served six terms in the 70s and 80s when King said “the legislature was a lot different.” King added that when Coody was elected, it was “unusual to have someone from Parker County to win a Tarrant seat.” Upon his departure from a 12-year-career in public service, Coody returned to the classroom at WC, where he taught history for more than 15 years before retiring in 2010.Sue Coody, also a retired WC instructor, said her husband would’ve loved the honor he received and the place it was read, near the WC “Old Main” bell in the Historical Plaza. The bell holds special significance to the Coody family as Bill was among the faculty who “rediscovered” it after it had been walled-in for storage. “He got his first college teaching job here when we were newcomers,” Sue said. “It’s just so fitting that this was here today because he was a teacher and a politician...he really was a wonderful guy.”Coody passed away earlier this year and Sue admitted it was hard without “that old toot.”“When he walked in, he filled up a room,” she said. “If he would’ve been here, he have had everybody laughing and probably told a joke or two.”King presented the family with three copies of the Resolution which was executed on May 24.
Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, Ext. 104 Twitter: @scoopmdw3701