Funeral services for Billie Edwin Emery, 92, of Skiatook, were held Friday, April 27, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Chapel in Sperry, OK. Reverend Susan Whitley officiated and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Honorary casket bearers were Dick Allen, Vern Fuller, Gene Moss, Glenn Nelson, Elmer Mills and Johnny Whitney.
Billie was born March 01, 1926 in Yellville, AR to Isaac Edwin and Lena Bell (Burns) Emery. He passed away April 20, 2018 in Skiatook, OK.
Billie was born and raised in Yellville, AR and graduated from high school there. He then ran off to work in Seattle building ships. While in Seattle, Billie enlisted in the Navy at the end of WWII and became a belly gunner in an Avenger Torpedo Bomber. After he was discharged from the service he went to college at Arkansas Teaching College in Conway, AR. He later left there to get his pharmaceutical degree at the University of Oklahoma. It was there that he met Mary Bussman, who was only one of two women in the program. Billie and Mary went on to open three Rexall Drug stores in Turley, Skiatook and Owasso. Billie moved to Skiatook and built a house, where he drilled and found oil, raised cattle and enjoyed playing in the stock market. He also enjoyed fishing, reading, and attending church at Turley United Methodist Church and Skiatook United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his son, Fred Emery of Turley; sister, Leatrice Dudley of Belton, MO; niece, Lee Ann Ellis of Belton, MO; nephew, Michael Edwin Dudley of Belton, MO; and many other relatives and friends.
His was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Emery; son, baby boy Emery; daughter, Marylee Emery; and parents, Isaac and Lena Emery.