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From the Author's Statement of Intent:
"William "Bill" Crooker served as a bombardier with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. On December 6, 1944, his plane took on heavy fire and was seized in northern Germany. He and his fellow airmen endured severe hardships until they were liberated on May 1, 1945. Upon returning to Big Spring, he was elected to serve as Howard County commissioner for four decades. During his time in office, he gave generously of his time and numerous other talents, proving himself as an exceptional civic leader and public servant. This bill seeks to honor Bill Crooker by designating a portion of Highway 87 as William B. Crooker Memorial Highway. Mr. Crooker passed away on February 9, 2015. He was 91. C.S.S.B 489 amends the Transportation Code to designate a portion of Highway 87 in Howard County as the William B. Crooker Memorial Highway. The bill will also designate the specific stretch of Highway 87 from RM 33 to the north frontage road of IH20. As proposed, C.S.S.B. 489 designates a portion of U.S. Highway 87 in Howard County as the William B. Crooker Memorial Highway."