Billy Mills Menefee

Graduation Year: 
1943

Billy Mills Menefee (’43, ’48 M.S.), Waco :: He was a basketball player and the first All-American athlete in basketball in North Texas' history. He joined the Marine Corps as a rifle platoon commander and later served as company commander on Okinawa during World War II. He earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his 88-day stretch of combat. He was a physical education instructor, assistant basketball coach and athletic director at Baylor University and ran the marina there. He was inducted into the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame as well as Baylor’s hall of fame. He met his wife, the late Dorothy Winford Menefee, at North Texas.

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