BLACKWELL — Billy Eugene Snow, of Blackwell, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, 2017, at his home, at the age of 86 years.
Billy was born on April 6, 1931, in Blackwell, the son of Elige Wilson and Savannah May Hembree Snow. He grew up in Blackwell and graduated from Blackwell High School in 1949. While in school he participated in all athletic activities and worked part-time for Blackwell Zinc Company. Following his education he married Juanita Fay Stephenson on Feb. 24, 1951, in Arkansas City, Kan. and they settled in Blackwell. On July 11, 1952, he entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War. At the conclusion of the war he returned to Blackwell and in 1962 they moved to Arkansas City where he entered into business as a welder with his brother-in-law at Stephenson Welding Service. After 30 years of service he retired and continued living in Arkansas City. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1996. On Jan. 4, 2007, he married Jovita Socorro Garcia in Tazewell, Tenn. and they settled in Blackwell. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and also held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting and fishing. His greatest joy came from his family.
He is survived by his wife, Jovita, of Blackwell; a daughter, Cheryl Redding and husband Weldon, of Enid; five sons, Gerald Snow and wife Georgette, of Atoka, Westley Snow and wife Irene, of Arkansas City, Len Snow and wife Rose, of Blackwell, Glen Snow, of Arkansas City and Darrel Snow and wife Janette, of Blackwell; a step-daughter, Sonja Short and husband Brad, of Blackwell; a sister, Betty Duncan, of Oklahoma City; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Michael and Charles Snow; two sisters, Adelyn Cuthbertson and Anna Tarrant; a step-son, Doy Day and a step-daughter, Kathy McClaflin.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20 at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Arkansas City, with Tom Howard, chaplain of Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, officiating.
Serving as honorary casket bearers will be Bob Coffey, Wayne Siebert, Gerald Snow, Westley Snow, Len Snow, Glen Snow and Darrel Snow.
A memorial has been established in his honor with Hospice of North Central Oklahoma in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.
On-line condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com.