Billy John Conkling was born on September 18th 1948 in Thomas, OK to Clarence and Adaline Conkling. He departed this life on Tuesday May 4th 2021 after a long battle with cancer.
Bill was raised in Thomas Oklahoma, where he graduated with his class in 1966. He then went on to Okmulgee Tech where he graduated September of 1968 as a certified diesel mechanic. Bill was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 and served in the Vietnam war for two years. Bill married Patricia Ann Doak on March 17th 1973 in Thomas Oklahoma. While in Thomas Oklahoma, he worked for the Chevrolet Garage and in his spare time played the bass guitar for a small country band. They then moved to Canton, OK and had three children Tonya, Melissa, and Evan before they moved to Longdale, Oklahoma where they still reside. Bill worked for many years as a dedicated employee in the oil and gas industry, then known as Texas Oil and Gas, and stayed with that company through its many changes before retiring from the company which is now known as OneOK, in 2010. Bill was very knowledgeable in the oil and gas industry and was sought out after his retirement from OneOK, by a company known as Audie Price Inspections, and took the job as a private consultant until he retired at the age of 66 for the second time in 2016.
Bill loved spending time at his lake house in Texoma, camping, racing, and spending as much time with his grandchildren at school and sporting events as he could. He was always planning a new trip or vacation for himself and Patty to go on any chance he got. He loved sending random texts to his children and grandchildren on a daily bases and was always making lists, months in advance for birthday and Christmas gifts.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Adaline Conkling, Grandsons Riley, Ryan and Reed Powell, Sister-in-law Collis Doak, Brother-in-law Gary Doak, Sister-in-law Pam Doak, and Sister-in-law Winnona Bridgeford.
Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patty Conkling; Daughter Tonya and husband Tony Sessions of Cleo Springs, OK; Daughter Melissa and husband Fred Powell of Cleo Springs, OK; Son Evan Conkling of Fairview, OK. Grandchildren Whitney and husband Boone Davidson of Cleo Springs, OK; Tori Sessions of Stillwater, OK; William, Mekenna, and Reece Powell of Cleo Springs, OK; Ashlyn and Andrew Conkling of Fairview, OK; Great grandchildren Colt Espinoza, Brooks & Gray Davidson of Cleo Springs, OK; Brother Jack and wife Susan Conkling of Edmond, OK: and many beloved brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be Wednesday till 8 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. and the family will be present Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Longdale Baptist Church, Friday May 7th at 10 AM, with Lucas White officiating followed by the interment at Thomas Cemetery at 2 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Blaine County Relay for Life with Pierce Funeral Home serving as custodian at P.O. Box 36, Canton, OK. 73724. Condolences may be made online at www.piercefuneralhomes.com
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