Bill Lincks, 70, of McAlester, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at his home after a courageous battle against stage four bone cancer.
The family will receive visitors tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bishop Chapel of Memories.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Bishop Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Jody Domingue officiating and eulogy by Jason Lincks. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester.
Born Feb. 11, 1947, in Van Buren, Arkansas, he was the son of Marjorie Lincks and Virgil Lincks Sr. He served in the United States Navy as an airman from 1964 to 1967 when he was honorably discharged then served an additional three years in the U.S. Naval Reserves. While in the service of his country, he was trained as an aviation machinist. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.
After leaving the service, he was a long-haul truck driver for several years and worked as a machinist at Rheem air conditioning in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for more than 10 years, before moving to Oklahoma. He retired, after 15 years as a pump assembler, from National Oilwell Varco in McAlester. On the day of his retirement he received a plaque honoring his example and inspiration from the men in the bible study group he began and led each day before work.
After his retirement, he established and led a bible study group from his home on Thursday nights. A faithful member of Victory Park Baptist Church, he served as a Sunday school teacher, helped with the church's soup kitchen bible study, the men's ministry and the church's nursing home ministry. His favorite thing was discussing scripture with everyone.
He was an avid golfer before becoming ill, had an infectious laugh and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Jo Ann Stovall Lincks; a son Jason Lincks, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; a daughter, Kimberly Gordon and husband, Andrew, of Fort. Smith, Arkansas, and a stepdaughter, Kelli Rickman and husband, Rick, of McAlester. Seven grandchildren, Bryant Cole, Tyler, Trevor, Thea, Noah and Abel Lincks, and Ethan Jones. Two brothers, Gary Lincks and wife, Sharon, and Leo Love and wife, Sheila, all of Van Buren, Arkansas. Two sisters-in-law, Estella Mask and husband, Rick, and Melissa Hoover and husband, Derek, all of McAlester. Also, mother and father-in-law, Martha and Cap Grantham, of McAlester, and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marjorie and Virgil Lincks Sr.; a brother, Virgil Lincks Jr., and brother-in-law, Douglass Stovall.
Pallbearers will be Lonnie Buff, Larry Case, Keith Coulter, Rick Rickman, Jim Wilson and Randy Cole.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Mask, Marlon Moore, Ira Sumner, Kent Woods, Bible Study Group National Oilwell Varco and Deacons of Victory Park Baptist Church.
Published on December 19, 2017