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Bill Heaton, 86 year old formerly of Laverne and Woodward currently living in Amarillo, Texas died Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Amarillo. The family will have a receiving of friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Billings Funeral Home.

William Irvin "Bill" Heaton was born on October 20, 1930 in Rogers, Arkansas; he was the son of Harlan Bruce and Kathleen Vivian (West) Heaton. Bill grew up in Woodward, attended Woodward schools and graduated from Woodward High School. He then received his Bachelors Degree from Oklahoma State University, and his Masters from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Bill was united in marriage to Billie Mae Munson on September 10, 1952 in Woodward, they made their home in Stillwater. Bill began his career in education in the Tulsa area at Barnard Elementary. Bill also taught and coached at Woodward Public Schools, before moving to Laverne in 1968. While in Laverne, Bill taught, coached football and track, as well as serving as the Athletic Director and as Elementary Principal. Bill retired from the Laverne Schools after 22 years of service.

Bill and Billie built a cabin at South Fork, Colorado, where they fished, walked on the trails, and even tried snow skiing. They enjoyed going to the horse races, taking golfing trips with friends, and belonged to a group called the Old Settlers. Although Bill had many hobbies his greatest joy was his children and grandchildren, he enjoyed spending time with them most of all.

Bill was member of the First United Methodist Church in Laverne and later the First United Methodist of Woodward.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Kathy Jones of Woodward; son, Brian Heaton and wife Sally of Dumas, Texas; five grandchildren, Mickey Jones and wife Stephanie, Jacob Jones; Drew Jones; Laura Ruiz and husband Alex; Kevin Heaton; two great-grandchildren, Maverick Hampton Jones; and Lucas Jones; brother, Jim Heaton of Arlington, Texas; other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Billie Heaton; and sister, Jean Flanery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on January 5, 2017
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