The Woodward News

December 13, 2013

Billy J. Warren

Woodward News

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.

In the army he was a paratrooper. He had a 8X10 photo made with his parashute pack on and sent it to his mother/grandmother. On the photo he printed this, “I joined the troopers for thrills galore!” Besides, they pay $50.00 more! He also applied for a High Security position, the army sent letters and inquiries to OSU, Woodward Law enforcement and his high school superintendent, even to his mother enquiring about any trouble he may have been involved in,and asking about his activities and his history in the community. Everyone including his mother and grandmother were afraid he had got into some very serious trouble and when they wrote to him asking he couldn’t tell them anything and if he did his words were just blocked out in black. He got what he asked for and they sent him to school in Baltimore where all persons in the classes had to sit at attention, it was the summer and no air conditioning.  He didn’t care for that but he made it through. After that with higher security clearance, he worked in a vault underground everyday went down and came up in an elevator on a daily basis. He also made his jumps day or night over very tall pine trees so he had some exciting experiences.

Billy received a degree from Oklahoma State University in business. Billy Jo and Donna Jean Carter were married April 20, 1958 and to this union came four children. Billy was known for running Fenimore’s. He as a child had grown up playing and working at Fenimore’s. The business his grandfather had started in the early 1900's and he always knew he wanted to manage the business when he grew up and so he did. Sometimes he would leave their home aroung 4 a.m. so he could get the floors mopped, waxed and dried before the store opened at 8:00. Other times, he would go early to unpack freight that had been delivered the day before. Another job Billy had was with the process of getting sales flyers out. His Uncle Oris had got interested in inventing a stitch and fold machine which made the process one step. Over a period of years, he perfected it while working at night upstairs at the store and shut the store down leaving a lot of inventory upstairs in the store.

When Dad got out of the service, he came back home and along with his mom, he opened the store back up using the inventory that was left and slowly built the store back to where it flourished for more than 40 more years.

Billy loved visiting with his carpenter friends and just being around the people.. A lot of teasing and banter between them. His bad health in later years slowly took the joy out of being at the store six days a week. He continued to open the store until he simply couldn’t anymore. He was always a good Dad and worked hard to provide for his family, loved and trusted by his friends and most of all, his kids.

Billy is survived by daughter Sidonna Gayle Davis and husband Terry of Woodward; daughter Kimberlee Jo Dungan and husband Dale of Prior Lake, MN.; twin sons Larry Gene Warren and Terry Dale Warren and wife Kristen; both of Woodward; grandchildren, Dustin Kent Davis and wife Wendy of Woodward; Jorden Carter Davis and wife Amy of Woodward; Ryan Dale Dungan and wife Kaylen of Prior Lake, MN; Leah Rae Dungan of Prior Lake, MN; Mikaela Shae Warren of Woodward; Sarah Marie Warren of Woodward; Trystan David Warren of Woodward; great grandchildren, Jenna Paige Davis of Woodward; first cousins Harry and Shirleinne Fenimore, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Warren, Mother Eulva French, stepfather Roy French, first cousin Robert Fenimore; Grandmother Sylvia Fenimore and Uncle Oris Fenimore.

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