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Billy "Bill" Edward Dismuke, 88, of Tulsa, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
Bill was born on Jan. 19, 1929, in McAlester, to J.W. "Bill" and Oda (Nobles) Dismuke. He graduated from Crowder High School in 1947.
On Nov. 27, 1952, Bill married Ruby Floella Moody in McAlester. They were happily married for 65 years and raised two children together.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a telegraph operator.
Bill worked as a dispatcher at Hale-Halsell for over 40 years.
He was a member of the Mekko Baptist Church in McAlester. Bill was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of the home; son, John Dismuke and Davina; daughter, Patricia Needham; five grandchildren, Barry Needham, Billy Needham, Brooke Turner and husband, Tim, Chad Dismuke, and Shyla Harris and husband, W.K. "Riker"; 12 great-grandchildren, Hunter Needham and wife, Jaye, Logan Dilbeck, Quintin Needham and wife, Erica, Austin Needham, Briar Needham, Sawyer Turner, Lane Dismuke, Jonathan Dismuke, Haylee Dismuke, Reagan Harris, Lucy Harris, and Charlotte Harris; five great-great-grandchildren, Jaxen Needham, Hazen Needham, Tegan Needham, Piper Dilbeck, and Juniper Dilbeck; six nieces, Connie Counts and husband, Kelsey, Norma Leichner and husband, Monte, Sandra Coyle and husband, Sean, Phyllis Martin and husband, JW, Linda McFarland, and Jeanette Hunt Kleeman and husband, Howard; many great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great-nephews; brothers in-law, JL Moody and Shawn Moody, and sisters in-law, Wilma Morris and husband, Brown, and Eunice Mizell and husband, Jim.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roy Lee "Bud" Dismuke; sisters, Mildred Smith and Helen Coolbaugh, and sister in-law, Gladys Donaldson.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Kelley Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Palestine Cemetery in Quinton. Arrangements are under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.hbmfuneralhome.com
Published on January 4, 2018
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