Class of 1944
Billie Dean “Bill” Workman
May 23, 1925 – February 26, 2010
Billie “Bill” Dean Workman, age 84, of Perry, OK was born on May 23, 1925, to Marvin and Bessie I. (Hoggatt) Workman in Rose, Kansas. Bill passed from this life on February 26, 2010, at his home in Perry, OK.
Mr. Workman grew up and attended school in Nowata, OK and Perry, OK, later receiving his GED and then attended college at Phillips University in Enid, OK, with an Associates in Economics.
He served faithfully in the United States Marines and Army National Guard for 44 years and 5 months. Mr. Workman enlisted 6 days before Pearl Harbor, and later spent 39 months in the South Pacific which included 5 landings in WW II. During his military career he spent time in New Caledonia, Saipan, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Eniwetok. Hiroshima, Japan and Korea were also places he visited while deployed over seas. Bill was an honored Para Marine and was a proud recipient of 1 Purple Heart and one Bronze Star with Valor.
Mr. Workman was married to Patsy (Pricer) Workman September 27, 1952, until November 19, 2000, when his beloved wife passed away. They had a wonderful fulfilling life together and raised 4 sons and 3 daughters. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlights of his life.
Bill loved the 30 years he coached baseball in Perry, OK and he retired from the USPS as a letter carrier. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Workman”s lighthearted personality was known throughout the town of Perry driving his wheelchair with the American flag most days. He will be missed so much by all of his family and friends.
Funeral services for Billie “Bill” Workman are scheduled for 2pm Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the First Baptist Church with Brother Aaron Summers officiating. Interment will be in Grace Hill Cemetery, in Perry, OK. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.
Bill is survived by; Children; Marc Workman and Rhonda of Elgin, OK, Pam Workman of OKC, OK Rita Groom and husband Duane of Perry, OK Michael Workman and Guyla of Perry, OK , Marvin Workman and Paula of Edmond, OK. Robert Cockrum and Karen of Massachusetts, Bev and Jerry Dun of Perry, OK, Sister; Millie Marie Myer of Springdale, Arkansas. Grandchildren; Michael Groom, Kristen Jones, Melissa Feken, Brigette Zorn, Haley Ray, Matthew Groom, Austin Workman, Dalton Workman, Broque Cockrum, Hayden Workman, Briann Cockrum, Dallen Workman, Kayla Cockrum, Julie Patton, Jenny Betchan and Jera Kiespert. Great-Grandchilden; Katie Patton, Makayla Patton, Logan Patton, Christian Cockrum and Anna Kiespert.
He was preceded in death by; his wife; Patsy Workman, daughter Debra Workman, brothers William Sr. Workman and Robert Workman, and sister Florene Musick.