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Billy Ray Howard, resident of Hanna, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on November 7, 2023. Born on August 12, 1959, in Eufaula, Oklahoma to Henry and Ruby Florence (Fogle) Howard. He lived his 64 years fully, known to his family and friends as a loving and compassionate man.
He took a lot of pride in his garden and his "tomato plants". You would likely find him at the farm or in the woods with a chainsaw in his hand. Or most likely sitting back watching George do all of the work and telling him he's doing it wrong! or seen him riding shotgun with Carl or Stacey Mac drinking a cold one. You might of even seen him going to get the mail or driving over to George's on the tractor because his truck wouldn't start. One thing was for sure if he wasn't eating or napping he wasn't just going to sit around at home. He loved to ride the backroads with his squaw and George. If you ever took him to town and lost him in the store you could guarantee that you would find him down the sweets isle!
His legacy continues through his children and grandchildren. Anyone that knew him knew they were his world even if he was throwing dirt clods at them or chasing them with a stick. He was proud they were his to chase and he loved pestering them.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby Florence (Fogle) and Henry, his wife Marilyn in 2017, his brothers Ray and Kenneth, and a sister, Irene.
Billy is survived by his children, George, Nikki, Bryttani, Cecili, Krista, and Ruby. And he found unparalleled joy in being a grandfather to his 16 grandchildren - George Jr., Kaylee, Ethan, Kinzzie, Eastyn, Wes, Makyla, Brier, Elijah, Daisy, Kenneth, Cheylea, Skyler, Raylyn, Jayslin, and Zane - and great-granddaughter, Oaklynn and his sisters, Wanda and Loretta.
Viewing for Billy will be on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 2:00 PM till 8:00 PM and on Sunday, November 12, 2023 from 1:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Hanna with Reverend Dusty McKeefer officiating. Burial will follow the service at Hanna Cemetery in Hanna.
Serving as pallbearers will be , George Howard, Jr., Keith Bogle, Carl Martin, Jonathan Stokes, Marty Jensen and Parnell Dowling. Honorary pallbearers will be his Grandsons as well as Richard Tate, Stacey McIntosh, Mike Watkins and Rex Lee.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service, 410 East Trudgeon Street, Henryetta, Oklahoma 74437, 918-652-6600, www.integrityfuneralservice.com.