Billy Mack Ables
Born May 12, 1928
Died November 17, 2020
Billy Mack Ables was born in 1928 in Dallas, Texas. His parents were Mack and Clara Ables. Billy Mack graduated from Crozier Tech High School in Dallas. He found his calling to work and create sheet metal patterns while taking his high school class in descriptive geometry.
At age 20, he started his own sheet metal business in Kaufman, Texas. After 2 years he moved his business to Ennis, Texas . He later changed the name of his business to Ables Buildings and Sheet Metal and began building Commercial structures. A drive with Billy around Ellis County was peppered with the comment “There’s another Ables building.” In the 80s, Billy Mack started a warehousing business that has a current inventory of 800 units. For 70 years, Billy Mack was an integral part of the Ennis community.
He was a past President and 50 year member of the Kiwanis Club. He was a deacon and choir member and teacher at Tabernacle Baptist Church and he was on the board of directors of the Texas Baptist Foundation.
Billy loved sports of all kinds. As a youth he boxed in the golden gloves and played baseball. He coached youth sports in Ennis and for many seasons he was the PA announcer for the Ennis Lions football games.
At age 50 Billy Mack took up golf and the love affair began. He was very proud that he shot his age at 85.
God blessed Billy with an incredible Irish tenor voice. He sang at hundreds of church and civic meetings and funerals. He and his late wife Mary Lou Wilson Ables presented programs of historical figures with Mary Lou providing the commentary and Billy the musical interludes.
Billy Mack is survived by his son Judge Steve Ables and wife Lynda. He is also survived by his 3 grandchildren, David and wife Meg, Matthew and wife Anna and Dr. Mollie and husband Brandon Rinkenberger. His 4 great grand children are Mack, Harry, Peggy and Charlie. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Huffman and her daughter Patty. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Lou and his twin sons Tim and Terry.
Billy Mack was an incredible business man and a loving and caring father and grandfather.Like Joshua in the Old Testament he lived the promise “ As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord”.
Memorials may be sent to Hill Country Youth Orchestras, Inc., 321 Thompson Dr, Kerrville, TX 78028.