In Memorium

L. WILLIAM (BILL) McNUTT, JR.

June 16, 1925 - September 1, 2006

L. William "Bill" McNutt Jr. built his hometown's fruitcake business into an international brand during more than 30 years as president.

Mr. McNutt, 81, Chairman of Collin Street Bakery, died Friday of non-Hodgkins's lymphoma at
his Corsicana home.

Corsicana's Collin Street Bakery has served customers in 196 nations and has subsidiary companies with expertise in international direct mail and growing and shelling pecans, as well as the world's largest organic pineapple farm in Costa Rica.

Mr. McNutt was a pioneer in international direct-mail marketing, an idea inspired by orders for Christmas fruitcakes to be sent to expatriate Texas oil workers.

Mr. McNutt was born in Corsicana, where he graduated from high school in 1942.

After graduating from Vanderbilt in June 1949, Mr. McNutt worked for his family's Dr Pepper company for nine years.  He became president and owner of the company.

In 1958, Mr. Rutherford asked him to return to Corsicana to help build the hometown bakery business, which his father and uncle had purchased with three other partners in 1946.

In 1967, Mr. McNutt purchased his uncle's interest in the bakery and became the company's president, a post he held until 1998...at that time he named son Bob McNutt as head of the company... carrying on the family tradition.

Mr. McNutt transformed Collin Street Bakery by expanding its customer base through mail-order techniques that included computerized mailing lists and efficient shipping methods. 
He co-founded Data Dallas to manage the customer list.

In accordance with his deep love for sports, he and Lamar Hunt in 1967, formed the Dallas Tornado Soccer Club.

In 1982, he received the Commerce Department's "E" Award for excellence in exporting.  He also was in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Mr. McNutt is survived by his wife, Josephine Pritchett McNutt of Corsicana; two sons, Lee William "Bill" McNutt, III and his wife, Susana, of Dallas; Robert "Bob" McNutt of Corsicana(currently Collin Street Bakery's President); two daughters, Katherine Ann McNutt and Melanie Jeanne McNutt, both of Dallas; and two grandchildren.

IN MEMORIAM

L. WILLIAM (BILL) McNUTT, JR.

June 16, 1925 - September 1, 2006

 

L. William "Bill" McNutt Jr. built his hometown's fruitcake business into an international brand during more than 30 years as president.

Mr. McNutt, 81, Chairman of Collin Street Bakery, died Friday of non-Hodgkins's lymphoma at
his Corsicana home.

Corsicana's Collin Street Bakery has served customers in 196 nations and has subsidiary companies with expertise in international direct mail and growing and shelling pecans, as well as the world's largest organic pineapple farm in Costa Rica.

Mr. McNutt was a pioneer in international direct-mail marketing, an idea inspired by orders for Christmas fruitcakes to be sent to expatriate Texas oil workers.

Mr. McNutt was born in Corsicana, where he graduated from high school in 1942.

After graduating from Vanderbilt in June 1949, Mr. McNutt worked for his family's Dr Pepper company for nine years.  He became president and owner of the company.

In 1958, Mr. Rutherford asked him to return to Corsicana to help build the hometown bakery business, which his father and uncle had purchased with three other partners in 1946.

In 1967, Mr. McNutt purchased his uncle's interest in the bakery and became the company's president, a post he held until 1998...at that time he named son Bob McNutt as head of the company... carrying on the family tradition.

Mr. McNutt transformed Collin Street Bakery by expanding its customer base through mail-order techniques that included computerized mailing lists and efficient shipping methods. 
He co-founded Data Dallas to manage the customer list.

In accordance with his deep love for sports, he and Lamar Hunt in 1967, formed the Dallas Tornado Soccer Club.

In 1982, he received the Commerce Department's "E" Award for excellence in exporting.  He also was in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Mr. McNutt is survived by his wife, Josephine Pritchett McNutt of Corsicana; two sons, Lee William "Bill" McNutt, III and his wife, Susana, of Dallas; Robert "Bob" McNutt of Corsicana(currently Collin Street Bakery's President); two daughters, Katherine Ann McNutt and Melanie Jeanne McNutt, both of Dallas; and two grandchildren.