William "Bill" Whitley, 80, of Eagle Rock, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2007, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield.
He was born March 28, 1927, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of Ottie Burette "O.B." and Lola M. (Harris) Whitley. On Dec. 5, 1948, he was united in marriage to Nadine Taggart, who survives. Additional survivors include; five sons, Blake Whitley and his wife, Debbie, of Cassville, Kevin Whitley and his wife, Carole, of Atlanta, Ga., Colin Whitley and his wife, Jackie, of Winfield, Kan., Brett Whitley and his wife, Nancy, of Ada, Okla., and Patrick Whitley, and his wife, Lisa, of Durant, Okla.; one brother, Gary Whitley and his wife, Ilean, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Nelda McBride and her husband, Curtis "Bo", of Lawton, Okla., and Gweneth Coe and her husband, Bill, of Hydro, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He attended school at Hydro, Okla., until he moved to Alfalfa where he graduated from High School. From there he received his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Arts from Carnegie College then went on to Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Okla., and to North Texas College in Canyon, Texas, where he received his master's. He served his country in the United States Army for two years and was in the last Mounted Cavalry. While living in Amarillo he taught at the Air Force Base and from there he became Superintendent of Schools in Alfalfa and Fort Cobb, Okla. In 1970 he was Director of the Skill Center in Sulphur, Okla. after which he began building full time until his retirement.
Bill served actively with Boy Scouts of America and Rotary International. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Golden where he served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held Friday in First Baptist Church, Golden, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Woody Fletcher and Rev.John Duncan conducted the services. Burial was at Royal Oaks Cemetery, Butterfield.
Those who prefer may make contributions to HIS Children's Camp for Taggart's Barn.
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