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Willie Bill Lee Barker, 80 year old Woodward resident, died January 11, 2018 in Mooreland. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, in the First Baptist Church of Woodward with Reverend Jeff Barros officiating. Interment will be in the DeBolt Cemetery in Arnett. Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Willie Bill Lee Barker was born on November 19, 1937 in Arnett, Oklahoma to the proud parents of Walter Lee and Gladys Marie (Stewart) Barker. Bill started school at Arnett public schools and then attended Vici public schools from the 2nd grade through the 12th grade. After graduating high school, Bill joined the United States Navy, serving his country from 1956 to 1960, where he received an Honorable Discharge. While serving in the Navy he married Anita Gantz, from Crawford, Oklahoma in 1958. To this union, one daughter Lesa and two sons Kevin and Stanley were born.

Bill stayed busy making a living for his family. He worked for the Adams XIT Ranch for seven years. Bill and his family later moved to Beaver, Oklahoma to take care of the Beaver County Fair Grounds. They relocated to Mooreland, Oklahoma, where Bill worked for the Woodward County Sheriffs Department. He then worked for the Cattlemans Association as an investigator and for a short time with the Mooreland Police Department. Bill then worked for ANR Pipeline Company for the next 19 ½ years, where he retired in January of 1996.

Throughout his years, Bill enjoyed training and riding horses. The last horse Bill owned was a red roan gelding, named Rusty. He was such a good buddy, that Bill let him come into the front room of the house. This horse liked people and he would nicker at you for attention. Rusty had a buddy that he played with called Browny. Browny was a kid horse the grandkids liked to ride. One of Bills jobs that he liked the most was working for the seven years for the Adams XIT Ranch in Maple Hill, Kansas. During his time there, Bill helped take care of all the different jobs, such as feeding cattle, riding colts, weaning calves and working cattle on the 4th of July every year, and calving out first heifers every spring. He also liked riding the big pastures most everyday and enjoying Gods great creation.

In May of 1977, Bill was saved while attending the First Baptist Church in Mooreland, Oklahoma. In 1990, he joined the First Baptist Church in Woodward, Oklahoma. In 1991, Bill married Virginia Gayle Roper Smith in the First Baptist Church in Woodward, Oklahoma. Virginia brought to this marriage two sons and one daughter.

Bill is survived by two sons: Kevin Walter Barker and wife Paula of Fort Worth, Texas, Stanley Eric Barker and wife Sondra of Mooreland; one daughter: Lesa Ann Weller and husband Kenny of Groom, Texas; two step-sons: Gary Don Smith of Rhome, Texas, Mark Mathew Smith of Moore; one step-daughter: Dawn Marie Smith of Amarillo, Texas; four grand kids: Brandon Kyle Barker of Hitchcock, Texas, Garet Michael Dade of Lubbock, Texas, Kayla Danielle Moore and husband Tim of Hitchcock, Texas, Katelyn Leann McGrath and husband Dylan of Amarillo, Texas; two step-grand kids: Madison Joy Smith of Moore, and Tyler William Smith of Rhome, Texas; two great- grand kids: Aleah Marie and Savana Rose of Amarillo, Texas one brother: Charles Dean Barker and wife Margaret; two sisters: Elma Louise Swartz and husband Lonnie all of Woodward, Lois Ann Worsham and husband Les of Nacogdoches, Texas; Bill is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Walter Lee Barker, his mother, Gladys Barker, his wife, Virginia, and two sisters: Joy Fay Barker and Dorothy Marie Barker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Woodward, Oklahoma or the OARC Home with Billings Funeral Home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on January 12, 2018
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