Woodward, Okla. —
Billy J. Warren, 82 year old Woodward business owner, died Monday December 9, 2013 in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Eric Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Billy Joe Warren was born to Joseph and Eulva Warren at his grandparents house, L. R. And Sylvia Fenimore, on December 7, 1931 in Woodward. Billy graduated from Woodward High School. As he was getting into sports and more activities, he lived in town more with his grandmother Sylvia. She lived in a two story house on 5th street. His bedroom was upstairs. He always called her “Gava” even as a grown man. He excelled in track, football and basketball, earning a basketball scholarship to Phillips University in Enid. Billy went on to Oklahoma State University pledging Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and on several occasions he said he might never have made it through the first year if not for encouragement and help from several of his older fraternity brothers. While at OSU, he joined the R..O.T.C. and immediately after his final tests, he left to report for basic training, he didn’t have enough time to attend the graduation ceremonies and grades were mailed to him later. He had traded his fancy convertible for an old “Nash”. He said it looked like a blue bath tub upside down. While in college, he participated in the track intermural program, there wasn’t much money fro this program so they traveled in cars to several states, Colorado, Missouri and Arkansas to compete. They were crowded and cramped with little time to get there, they could hardly stand or walk. But he always did very well and had the medals to show for it. The Missouri Valley Conference was mentioned the most.