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Clelland Billy

Born: 2/27/1932

Died: 4/15/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Clelland Billy, 72, passed away April 15, 2004. He was born on February 27, 1932, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, to the Rev. Simon and Mary (Amos) Billy.

Clelland married Rose Willis on October 9, 1952, before entering the Air Force. They traveled and lived all over the country before they settled in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1952 and was the quarterback for the Broken Bow Savages, one of his many accomplishments that he was proud of. He returned to Broken Bow as often as he could to support his home team. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean and Vietnam era. He received numerous awards and medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross for Bravery during his tour of Vietnam. Clelland retired from the Air Force after 24 years of active duty and from civil service at Tinker AFB after 18 years. After retirement, Clelland served for two years as Tribal Registrar for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma under the Gardner administration.

He never met a stranger and enjoyed talking and telling about his many adventures. He was a member of Mary Lee Clark UMC of Del City, Oklahoma. His ministry was gospel music and he was a well known Master of Ceremonies. He formed the Midwest City Trio and traveled many states. He proudly served his God, country and family with faithful service and devotion. One of his many sermons to his family was to return home with honor, always do the right thing, remember your heritage, take care of your family and love your family.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Billy, of Midwest City; one son, Glenn Billy of Midwest City; one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Marshall McCaulley; four grandsons, Michael Billy, Jason Brown, Samuel Brown and Clayton McCaulley; one granddaughter and her husband, Karen and Steve St. Hilaire of Altus AFB, Oklahoma; two brothers, Ed Billy of Broken Bow and Daniel Billy of Oklahoma City; one great-granddaughter, Maya Genesis Brown of Oklahoma City; special friend, Agnes Ward of McAlester, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Clelland Billy