GALVESTON — William “Bill” Moody IV, a member of the board of directors for American National Insurance Co., died Monday at the age of 89 at his home in Galveston.
He was the cousin of Robert L. Moody Sr., the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Bill Moody was born Aug. 19, 1924, to Edna and William L. Moody III in Galveston. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 20 when the U.S. entered World War II. He served in the Pacific and in Australia.
In 1951, he was named to the board of directors for American National Insurance Co., which his grandfather William Moody Jr. founded.
Jim Pozzi, president of the company, said Bill Moody enjoyed publicizing his attendance record.
“He’s been a dedicated member,” Pozzi said. “He liked bringing up the fact he only missed one board meeting since joining the company.”
Bill Moody also enjoyed the cowboy lifestyle. His 50,000-acre Rancho Rio Grande in Del Rio was featured in classic Western films, including “Giant,” “Bad Girls,” “Lonesome Dove” and “Streets of Laredo.” He and his wife, Darlene, were extras in several films.
“When I think of Bill, he really enjoyed the ranch,” Pozzi said. “He was a rancher. His activity on the ranch was something he was very proud of.”
Bill Cherry, a longtime family friend, said Bill Moody was known for his bravado. “He was bigger than life.”
J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, in Galveston is arranging the funeral. Officials said a public visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. The burial itself will be a private ceremony.