William R. “Bob” Rothwell, age 81, of Brownwood, Texas, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Light and the Rev. Bill Merritt officiating. Interment will follow at Trickham Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Heartland Funeral Home.

Bob Rothwell was born April 2, 1926, in Longview, Texas, the son of the late Robert P. and Virginia Brice Rothwell. He worked as a tugboat captain for four years and for Lone Star Steel for a number of years. Bob married Nelda Richardson in Marshall, Texas, on June 12, 1986, and they made their home in Brown County, and Bob was a member of the Bangs Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Nelda Rothwell of Brownwood; son, Randy Rothwell of Portland, Ore.; sister, Dorothy Herrington of Ingram; nephews, Jim and Jeanie Herrington and son of Pasadena, and Rick and Margaret Herrington of Austin; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Jack Rucker; half-brother, James Rucker; half sister, Deloris Banks; and stepdaughter, Terri Wiley.