Billy “Wild Bill” Burkhalter, 76, of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Temple Baptist Church with Grady Burkhalter, Billy’s son, officiating. Pastor Chris Fobbs, minister of Temple Baptist Church, will be assisting. Cremation will follow the service. The family will receive friends from 6 o’clock until 7 o’clock in the evening on Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.
Billy was born on July 1, 1941 in Woodward, OK to David William “D.W.” and Ruby (Oetinger) Burkhalter. Billy served his country for 18 months in the United States Navy. He then married Leoda Keith on June 9, 1961 in Hardesty, OK. The couple would later move to Dumas in 1969 where they would raise their children and make their home. Billy worked as a mechanic for 18 years for Owens Ford and later worked for Dickey Trucking for an additional 18 years.
Billy had many hobbies which included fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was also very involved in the Boys Scouts of America Troop 199 in Dumas, where he volunteered countless hours and even served as the Scoutmaster. Billy was a member of the Eagles Lodge, where he served as past president and was also a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Dumas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Monee Grubb; son: Scott Burkhalter; and a grandson: Jax Burkhalter.
Billy is survived by his wife, Leoda, of the home; daughters: Gwyn King and husband George, Kathy Baldwin and husband Mike, all of Dumas; son: Grady Burkhalter and wife Leslie of Dumas; grandchildren: Kendra, Crista, Amber, Scotti, Chase, Brady, Michael, Stratton, Gracie and Addison; and 12 great grandchildren.
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May you find comfort with the Lord's help and your memories.
Sue EmbreyHazard, KY
Thoughts and Prayers...
Kent HaarMoscow, KS
Mr. Bill will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless and keep you during this sad time.
We love y’all!
Thad Lasater family
Thad and Melanie LasaterDumas, TX
DEAR LEODA AND FAMILY, WE WANT TO SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY.ANYONE WHO KNEW BILL WILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH.HIS SMILE AND HIS JOKING PERSONAILTY. HE WAS VERY KIND TO MY FAMILY AFTER OUR DADDY BUD DIED. HE GAVE US SOME PICTURES FROM THE EAGLES LODGE. WE HOPE YOUR FAITH WILL GIVE YOU COMFORT AT THIS SAD TIME.KENNETH. CAROL, &MARCIE
CAROL and MARCIE NELSONHUGHES SPRINGS, TX
So sorry for your loss Leoda. My prayers are with you and lots of hugs. Barbara
Barbara HatawayHutto, TX
I am so sorry for everyone’s loss Bill was a mess and a good guy. Bill had a heart of gold. I am glad a couple of weeks ago I got to hug his neck at church. love to all and prayers to the whole family
Judy McguireDumas, TX
Our deepest sympathy to the Burkhalter family. We want to thank Bill and Leoda for watching over our loved ones for so many years. We all will miss you Bill.
Kathy and Robert GirouxJefferson, NC
Loved to hug Bill every chance I got. Loved to talk and Joke with Bill. Much Love to the Family
Lea Powell-PenlandDumas, TX
My prayers for you and may God comfort you at this time.
Sherry RobinettDumas, TX
May God give you all comfort and peace. Bill will be greatly missed by many. Love you all.
Diana HensonAmarillo, TX
Our condolences to you Grady and your loved one
Alex LuceroDumas, TX
Just want you all to know that I’m praying for y’all! Bill will be missed!
Jessica JakesHammon, OK
Oh Brother Bill ! U were truly one of a kind ! Will miss your “unfiltered “ sense of humor ! We know u are with your Lord never more to be in pain ! Praise God!
With love , The Whitley’s
Wes and Glenna WhitleyDumas, TX
Sorry for your loss, sending comfort and prayers.
Melissa LucidoChildress, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bill was a very special man
My deepest sympathies. There are no words that can comfort, but know that you are not alone. Hold your friend and family close, and never let a day go by without saying I love you.
Rick SandersDenver, CO
I'm gonna miss u uncle bill keep making all the other angels laugh with all ur jokes love u uncle bill
Joshua grubb-whetstoneLebanon, OR
Prayers for all of the family.Bill was a kind and sweet man.He will be missed by many.May be rest in peace
Diane CollinsDumas, TX
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Kelly DavisDumas, TX
My prayers are with the family. May the Lord be bless you and your.
Iam so sorry for the loss of Bill, he was a great man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him and I'm glad I was fortunate enough to know him. R.I.P. Bill, I love you and will miss you.
Dee Waltonmayfield, KY
Grady, in case I don't see you I wanted you to know how sorry we are to hear of your dad's passing. You & the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynn & Kathy AllenStratford, TX
So sorry for yalls loss!
Brad PorterDumas, TX
I just want dad to know that I will love and miss you alot.you and mom let me in with love
Tammie RodgersDumas, TX
I am so grateful to have loved and known Bro Bill!! I am sad at his passing but grateful for the Blessed Hope which is real to him now. He is in Beulah land. We love the family and pray for peace in this time.
Jami McGaughyGaylesville, AL