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Roy F. Moody, 91 year old Woodward resident since 1973, died Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Oklahoma City. Masonic Graveside rites will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Woodward Masonic Lodge #189. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church with the Reverend Gene Spillman and the Reverend Bill Coburn officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Roy Frank Moody was born January 28, 1925 at Coushata, Louisiana to Jewel Frank and Marion Clarice (Grantham) Moody. On September 4, 1942 he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and spent several years in the South Pacific, returning back to the United States in 1945 and spent one year in New Orleans, Louisiana in Air Sea Rescue. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned home to Natchitoches, Louisiana and attended one year of college at Northwestern State College located at Natchitoches, Louisiana.

On October 13, 1950, he was married to Bronis Elaine (Gray) Moody and to this union three sons were born, Kenneth David in 1952, Jimmy Don in 1954, and Larry Wayne in 1955.

In 1953, Roy was successful in obtaining employment with Stanolind Oil and Gas, later the name was changed to Pan American Petroleum Company and then to Amoco Production Company. He worked for Amoco Production for 33 years retiring in 1986. Roy and Bronis traveled for a few years after retirement until she started playing the organ for the churches in Woodward. They spent 22 summers in Colorado fishing, dancing, and playing in a Country Western band. They met some wonderful people while traveling.

Roy was a member of Woodward Masonic Lodge #189, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Valley of Guthrie, Orient of Oklahoma. Roy entered into masonry in 1969 and was active until his death. He was awarded a perpetual membership in Woodward Lodge in 1999 and in 2003 was awarded a KCCH degree in Scottish Rite Masonry. Roy performed the graveside rites for the Lodges in Kansas and Oklahoma for 38 years and traveled many miles during those 38 years doing the graveside rites. He received many wonderful letters from some of the widows of the men he did the services for. Roy was proficient in all the lectures in the degree work and taught the lectures for many years. In 2002 he was elected to the Secretary's chair and served there until January 3, 2013, when his sight got too bad for paper work.

Roy's world was shattered on October 8, 2008 when Bronis passed away after 58 years of marriage. She was the love of his life and things were never the same after she died. He leaves behind three sons, Kenneth David Moody, Jimmy Don Moody and wife Kathy, Larry Wayne Moody and wife Debbie; one brother Joe W. Moody and wife Janice and their two sons and daughter, Mark, Scott and Lisa; one niece Sandra Adams of Houston, Texas; one cousin Billy Donovan of Ruston, Louisiana; two grandsons, Christopher Moody and his two children Olivia and Nicholas; Jeffery and Allison Moody and their two children Landon and Beau; granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Moody. He will be sorely missed by his family members and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Bronis, one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be made to the Woodward Masonic Lodge #189 with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on August 3, 2016
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