Billy Aytes Tahlequah Daily Press
June 11, 2008
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Billy Aytes was born March 12, 1933 in Bald Hill, the son of Austin and Maudie (Hendrickson) Aytes. At age 15, he worked with his Uncle Cooie in West Jansas building grain elevators. On November 14, 1950, Billy married Marie Fritts, his childhood sweetheat. They met at the Dream Theatre watching James Stewart in "Winchester 73". They enjoyed 57 years together. Billy and Marie moved to Denison, Texas, where Billy worked as a produce manager at Safeway Grocery for many years. In 1963, they move to Valparaiso, Ind. where he worked as a union plumber, Local #210, for 35 years. In 2003, they moved back to Tahlequah, where they bui.t thier drean home. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Maudie Aytes; two brothers, James and Bobby Aytes. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie (Fritts)l three children Ron Aytes and wife, Sue, Shawn Aytes, and Richard Aytes and wife, Joellyn; his brother Lawrance Aytes and wife, Rita, of Bella Vista, Ark; his sister, Betty Wilson and husband, Darrell of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, Austin, Ashlee, Cody, and Kayla; his aunt, Julie; his special friend, Amara Rose; and many friends and neighbors. All will miss his many stories about life. He loved fishing and camping with his many friends. Family visitation will be held Thursday, June 12, 2008, from 6 to 7:30 pmat Reed-Culver Funeral Home. Service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, June 13, at Reed Culver Chapel. Burial will follow at Park Hill Cemetery. Pall bearersinclude Denis Raschke, Charlie Dunn, David Hicks, Lynn Watkins, Randy Fritts, Micheal Fritts, John Walker, and Tommie Moore.
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