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Billie Waldon Melton

Funeral service for Billie Waldon Melton will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Centenary United Methodist Church, where Bill was a lifelong member, with Dr. Robert Gorrell, Senior Pastor officiating.

Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Bill Melton, 86, Lawton, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 in Lawton. He was born November 2, 1932, in Ada, Oklahoma to Buster Wilson and Dorothy D. (Stafford) Melton. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, Wilson Elementary, Lawton Junior High, and graduated from Lawton High School. He attended Oklahoma State University on a Football Scholarship, and Midwestern State University, as well.

At the age of 13, Billie left a note on his pillow and took off for summer harvest. During this time, he experienced and witnessed many life lessons which stayed with him to the end. He continued summer harvests until football took his interest while gaining many lifelong buddies. After a victory game, he asked a friend to ask a cheerleader, Mary Frances, if she would have a soda with him — history was made. Bill and Mary Frances were married May 4, 1951.

While at OSU, he missed Mary Frances too much to continue and left. His coach traveled to Lawton and convinced him to finish the season. He then went to Midwestern State to be closer to Mary Frances, but he couldn’t bear to be away from her and decided to leave the university and football. He then went to work with his father, Buster, at B.W. Melton Construction. Summer harvests taught him the value of a penny so he also worked part time in the evenings at a local pawn shop while starting a family with Mary Frances.

Bill’s life flourished from then on. He became a master carpenter, was a member of the Carpenters Union, and tended to his farm all whilst helping Mary Frances with their four children: Vikki, April, Billy, and Timothy. Bill built many noted buildings in Lawton ranging from banks, public schools, fire houses and Cameron University Stadium. He eventually would take the helm the contracting business until retirement.

During retirement, Bill enjoyed exercising, biking and walking with his best friend Joe Bob Craig, woodworking making many pieces of furniture and building their home, tending to his lawn, gardening, sitting on the porch with Mary Frances overlooking the park, football games on the television and radio, and devoting his life and love to his family and friends. He most enjoyed sharing his many long stories from harvests to work projects. (and let’s not ever forget his love of ice cream after each meal)

Bill is survived by his daughter April Bain (Donnie); his son Timothy Melton (Royalin); his grand-children: Brandi Poolaw, Billy Poolaw II, Austin Bain (Ashley), Buck Melton (Kristin), Cody Melton (Lacee), Kirk Melton (Jeramy Krone), Collin Melton (Frances), Brett Bain (Whitney) and 13 great-grandchildren; son-in-law Randy Upton; daughter-in-law Angela Melton; his sister Judy Davis, and his devoted care giver and dear friend Linda.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife Mary Francis (Kennard) Melton; his daughter Vikki (Poolaw) Upton; his son Billy Melton; his brothers Donald and Gary (Butch) Melton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center, 104 NW 31st St., Lawton, OK 73505.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.

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