Bill and Ruth (Daffron) Christie, both descendents of old Collin County farm families, were great contributors to Frisco and to the young people of this community.
Although Ruth lost both her father and mother before the age of 12 and was raised by an older sister, she went on to become valedictorian of her senior class and a graduate of North Texas Teachers College (today known as University of North Texas.) A former teacher, Ruth's support of public education was always evident through her work with her twin sons, Phil and Bill, and her volunteerism in the schools. Her love of children was recognized by the voices of the Frisco Youth who pegged her with the name "Granny Ruth."
Bill served with distinction in World War II as a flight instructor, a pilot, and an engineering test pilot before starting his first business with a second-hand jeep at a gas station on Main Street in 1948. With Ruth's support and work, he developed J.W. "Bill" Christie, Inc., which became Frisco's largest employer for many years. His hard work and innovative technology developed into a multi-level pipeline, manufacturing, and real estate company. From his contract pipeline business with Lone Star Gas Company to his many patents on heat fusion equipment for polyethylene pipe, he was a leader.
In their own quiet way, never wanting recognition, they helped those in need and also supported every project in Frisco that involved the youth. From PTA, FFA, and the Frisco High School Band to scouting, the Youth Center and church groups, they provided whatever was needed. Their love for their family, friends and community and their support for the Frisco school system were always very important and prominent in their lives..
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