William (Bill) Benjamin Staples
August 03, 1933 - September 11, 2018
Bill was born on August 3, 1933, near Pittsburg, at the Staples home place. He is the son of Alex and Celestia Staples. Bill grew up near Pittsburg, where he attended Pittsburg Public School, graduating in 1951. He farmed and ranched all of his life. He began a career as a structure assembler at Lockheed Martin in 1963, continued at Rockwell Aerospace and eventually retired from Boeing Company in 1995.
Bill married Jean Roberson of Haileyville, on March 22, 1963, and they resided in McAlester. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of McAlester and a faithful member of the Wesley Sunday School class.
Bill was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a 3rd generation member of the Kiowa Masonic Lodge No 117. His compassion for others in need was primarily shown through his work with the Masonic organization and their many benevolent projects. Bill was also a member of the Shriners and McAlester Elks Lodge 533.
Bill was an avid hunter and loved going to deer camp. He spent many an hour in his deer stand, but he always made sure the camp had homemade buttermilk biscuits at each meal. He was also an amazing gardener and routinely provided homegrown vegetables to members of his Sunday School class and others within the community.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean Staples, of the home; daughter, Julie Brunett and husband, Jamie, of Allen, Texas; son-in-law, Kent Wilkins, of McAlester; granddaughter, Jacy Dyson and husband, Corbin, of Elk City; grandson, Josh Wilkins, of Oklahoma City; granddaughter, Jordyn Brunett, and grandson, Jake Brunett, both of Allen; great-granddaughter, Mia Tate Dyson, of Elk City; sister, Jerri Hester, of McAlester; brother-in-law, Bob Sisco, of Pittsburg; sister-in-law, Gerry Bruton and husband, Bob, of Tulsa; brother-in-law, Jack Roberson and wife, Jo, of Grain Valley, Missouri; brother-in-law, Jim Roberson and Patricia Tinker, of McAlester, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jan (Staples) Wilkins; parents, Alex and Celestia Staples; brother, Paul Staples, and sisters, Juanita Blackwell, LaRue Staples and Mary Sisco.
Pallbearers will be Michael Stone, Carl Hackler, Nabe Murdaugh, Shawn Sisco, Cache Stone, and Camden Stone.
Honorary pallbearers will be Todd Stone and members of the Kiowa Masonic Lodge 117.
The family will greet friends at Bishop Funeral Service on Thursday evening from 6 pm. to 8 p.m.
Burial and Masonic services will be held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Staples Road south of Pittsburg at 9 a.m. on September 14. Celebration of Life service will follow burial at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of McAlester with Dr. Matt Judkins officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church of McAlester Church Building Fund, 1501 South 13th Street, McAlester, OK, 74501, or Kiowa Masonic Lodge 117 Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 117, Kiowa, OK, 74553.
in memory of William
Obituary published in
Thursday September 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bishop Funeral Service
Friday September 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Pleasent Valley Cemetery
Staples Road, South of Pittsburg, OK
Friday September 14, 2018
First United Methodist Church of McAlester
McAlester, OK, USA