Billy "Wild Bill" Burkhalter
July 1, 1941  -  December 30, 2017

Billy "Wild Bill" Burkhalter


Morrison Funeral Directors
1015 Dumas Avenue
Dumas, TX  79029
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
6 P.M. - 7 P.M.
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Temple Baptist Church
311 N. Maddox
Dumas, TX  79029
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
2 P.M.
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I served in the Navy.

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.

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  1. Sue Embrey
    Hazard, KY

    So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May you find comfort with the Lord's help and your memories.

  2. Kent Haar
    Moscow, KS

    Thoughts and Prayers...

  3. Thad and Melanie Lasater
    Dumas, TX

    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

  4. CAROL and MARCIE NELSON
    HUGHES SPRINGS, 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

  5. Barbara Hataway
    Hutto, TX

    So sorry for your loss Leoda. My prayers are with you and lots of hugs. Barbara

  6. Judy Mcguire
    Dumas, 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

  7. Kathy and Robert Giroux
    Jefferson, NC

    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.

  8. Lea Powell-Penland
    Dumas, TX

    Loved to hug Bill every chance I got. Loved to talk and Joke with Bill. Much Love to the Family

  9. Sherry Robinett
    Dumas, TX

    Dear Burkhalters,
    My prayers for you and may God comfort you at this time.

    Love,
    Sherry
    (Nana)

  10. Diana Henson
    Amarillo, TX

    May God give you all comfort and peace. Bill will be greatly missed by many. Love you all.

  11. Alex Lucero
    Dumas, TX

    Our condolences to you Grady and your loved one

  12. Jessica Jakes
    Hammon, OK

    Just want you all to know that I’m praying for y’all! Bill will be missed!

  13. Wes and Glenna Whitley
    Dumas, TX

    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

  14. Melissa Lucido
    Childress, TX

    Sorry for your loss, sending comfort and prayers.

  15. Sheila
    Stratford, TX

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bill was a very special man

  16. Rick Sanders
    Denver, CO

    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.

  17. Joshua grubb-whetstone
    Lebanon, OR

    I'm gonna miss u uncle bill keep making all the other angels laugh with all ur jokes love u uncle bill

  18. Diane Collins
    Dumas, TX

    Prayers for all of the family.Bill was a kind and sweet man.He will be missed by many.May be rest in peace

  19. Kelly Davis
    Dumas, TX

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  20. Tommy
    Loveland, CO

    My prayers are with the family. May the Lord be bless you and your.

  21. Dee Walton
    mayfield, KY

    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.

  22. Lynn & Kathy Allen
    Stratford, TX

    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.

  23. Brad Porter
    Dumas, TX

    So sorry for yalls loss!

  24. Tammie Rodgers
    Dumas, TX

    I just want dad to know that I will love and miss you alot.you and mom let me in with love

  25. Jami McGaughy
    Gaylesville, AL

    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.

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