William “Bill” Wayne Mercier, age 78, of Nixon, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 after a short stay in Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin. He was born November 29, 1937 to the late Wayne and Louise Mercier. Bill Wayne is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeanie (Pruett) Mercier; his sons: Gary Mercier and wife, Gretchen, of Austin; Vic Mercier and companion, Gay Bruns, of Victoria; grandchildren: Tayler Mercier, Jennifer O’Neal and husband Denver, Aubrey Mercier, Joey Bruns, Amy Thompson and husband, Ashton; great-grandchildren: Henry Wayne O’Neal and Kadence Thompson; brothers: Donnie Christian and wife, Leana; Ronny Christian and wife, Shirley; numerous nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends; and his canine companions, Woody and Elle. After retiring from DuPont, Billy returned to his home town of Nixon to start a successful cattle ranching career. Billy was known for his steadfast dedication to his family and his community.