On this cloudy day, April 23, 2022, our Lord opened his door and welcomed his son, Billie D. Pittman to his heavenly home. Bill was born on May 9, 1928 to Roy D. Pittman and Jewell (George) Pittman. The story goes he was born east of Duncan on the banks of Mud Creek. Doc wasn’t available so they called in the local chiropractor for assistance, thus begins the life of Billie.
He was raised mostly by his grandparents, William F. and Jossie B. George. He learned to farm, hunt and fish from his grandfather. He did odd jobs as a teenager. He attended school at Central High School, where he graduated. He also played sports, where he learned to love the game of baseball.
His later years took him to the oilfield but, along the way, he met a young brown-haired, brown-eyed young lady, Miss Dora Ann Brabits. He courted her through the summer of 1946 then, in January 1947, with their best friends Shorty and Dixie, got married in Wichita Falls, Texas.
They lived in Duncan for a short time, while Dora started working at Woolworths, then Penney’s, and then secured a job at Security National Bank from which she retired. Billie did some oilfield work. Dora’s dad, James F. Brabits, decided he would like to keep his firstborn a little closer to home. So, Billie became fulltime help for his father-in-law. They raised Hereford cattle, wheat and hay. As Billie was learning to farm, he was also gaining knowledge about the conservation of the land. He landed a job with Stephens County Soil Conservation District where he retired with 40 years of service.
As work progressed with the SCS, Billie became known as Bill and Dora Ann as Dora, they were happy to start a family. In 1948 their first child, Patsy A, was born, then in 1952 Bill J, then in 1954 Susan K.
With the kids all doing fine in school and everyone attending church at Westside Christian Church, Bill and Dora took an interest in the Masonic and Eastern Star organizations. Bill was known for his degree work in the organization and after completing his 32nd degree, went on the become a 33rd degree Mason, the highest rank you can hold.
Bill never met a stranger, he shook hands with Senators and Presidents. I believe Carl Albert was his favorite.
But now his family was growing, children were getting married. Bill and Dora found out they were soon to be grandparents.
Bill lost his brown-eyed girl in 2008 after 60 years of marriage, but farming went on with the help of his son (Bill J) and in 2021 the farm became an Oklahoma Centennial Farm, 100 years of being in the same family, only 7 of which are in Stephens County.
Bill became a daily visitor at Carl’s Jr. He had to have that browned sausage biscuit (since he could not cook). There he met a lifelong friend, Miss Winnie, with whom he enjoyed the Opera at Comanche every Thursday night come rain or shine.
Thanks to all the friends and workers at the SCS and to all the friends we may have missed.
Billie D. Pittman is survived by his sisters: Shirley Coen, Nashville, TN, Shirley Whiteside and husband Jerry, Lois Corrigan, Nederland, TX; brother, Johnnie Pittman and wife Judy, Nederland, TX; children: Patsy Smith and husband Ricky, Bill J. Pittman and wife Claudia, Susan Dresser and husband Robin; grandchildren: Stephanie Byers and husband Matt, Chalaine Dobbs and husband Brett, Bobby and Emma Dresser, Jerry Dresser; and great grands: Maddux Byers, Britton Dobbs and one on the way, Faith, GraCee, Merci and Addyson Dresser.
Deceased family members include his parents, Roy D. and Effie Pittman, Jewell and Deb Van Treese; sisters: Joyce Huff and Sue Cowan; brother, Roy (Peewee) Pittman; and too many great nieces and nephews to mention but the memories will be there.
Thanks to all the doctors and nurses that made Bill’s last days pleasant.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, at 10:30AM at Whitt Funeral Home (Duncan) with Pastor Ron Motley officiating. Live streaming of the service will be available at www.whittfh.com. Serving as pallbearers will be Maddux Byers, Matt Byers, Jerry Dresser, Brett Dobbs, Bobby Bess and Phillip Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Thornton, Russell Thornton, Bill Allen, Chuck Allen, Otho Lamar and Clyde Myrick. Interment will follow at Duncan Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Whitt Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.whittfh.com.
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