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Obituary for Billy Ray Digby

Funeral services for Billy Ray Digby will be held 2:00PM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Hale’s Memorial Chapel in Davis with the Rev. Willard McCartney, JR officiating. Interment will follow at the Green Hill Cemetery in Davis.

Billy was born September 26, 1929 in Woodland, OK to the late Luster L. & Fannie Mae (Wells) Digby. He died Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Elk City, OK, at the age of 87 years 11 months and 5 days. Billy and the former Ms. Estie Marie Foster were married on October 17, 1952 in Davis.

Billy grew up in the Davis area and attended Davis Schools. During his junior year of high school, he joined the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge from the Army in December 1951, Billy returned to Davis, where he married and worked at a local service station. In 1953, he and Marie moved to Oklahoma City, where he worked for the SafeWay/Homeland Milk Processing Co, retiring in 1991 with 30 years of service with the company. In July 2016, due to failing health, he and Marie moved to Elk City to be closer to family. Billy cherished his family and loved spending quality time with each of them, especially his grand and great-grandchildren. In earlier years, he and the family spent much time camping and water skiing. In his spare time, Billy enjoyed fishing, wood/leather working and simply tinkering. On February 25, 2017 the Quilt of Valor Foundation presented Billy with his Quilt of Valor in recognition of his service to our nation during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marie; two sons, Tony Digby & wife Faye and Keith Digby & wife Jan, all of Elk City; one daughter, Diane Bradley of Sulphur; grandchildren, Karla Jackson & husband Jimbo, Shannon Barnett & husband Bart, Tammy Slife & husband Roger, Tonya Loyd & husband Jeremy, Michelle Nuncio & husband Smiley, April Plunket, Dayson Fox & wife Rosi, Dallas Williams & wife Susie, Jacob Bradley, Denney Dodson & wife Jenna and Michelle Burns & husband Frankie Archer; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Inez Sullins & husband Leroy; brother-in-law, Eulis Foster & wife Phyl; sisters-in-law, Margret Fink and Billie Digby; his special aunt, Irene Digby; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by four brothers, Glen Digby, Chock Digby, Cliff Digby and W.D. Digby; two sisters, Estelle Allison and Betty Hefley; grandson, Jeremy Digby; son-in-law, Bill Bradley; and brother-in-law, Arthur L. Foster.

Serving as pallbearers will be Arthur Don Foster, Jim Jackson, Dayson Fox, Jeremy Loyd, Bart Barnett and Roger Slife. Serving as honorary bearers will be Baylor Barnett, Jaren Jackson, Jax Jackson, Kaden Plunket, and Blake Nuncio.


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2:00 PM
Hale's Funeral Home

3370 HWY 7 W
Sulphur, OK 73086

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Green Hill Cemetery

West Ellis Street
Davis, Oklahoma 73030

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