Billy Earl Oates was born Jan. 16, 1938, in Dallas to Jesse Thomas Oates and Rhodie Bennett Oates. Billy passed away May 21, 2021, in the hospital in Tyler, with heart problems and breathing issues.
Billy married his teenage sweetheart, Betty Joyce Oates April 28, 1954 and was married for 62 happy years, settled in Eustace.
Billy was a Mason member for many years and enjoyed doing things for others. He never met a stranger and would flip you for a quarter at any given time or place. He loved life and always lived it to the fullest.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Betty Oates, sisters Mary Margaret Beasley, Charlene Ivy and Betty Leach, twin brother William Oates and brother Ray Oates.
Billy is survived by children Joyce Earlene Byers and husband Vernon, Margie Elaine Leitner and husband Ron and Eugene Merle Oates and wife Sherry, all of Eustace, brothers Jesse Oates and Chuckie Oates and wife Glenda and sister Shirley Oates, six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and two great-great-grandchildren on the way.
If you would like to help celebrate his life, services will be held at Moorhead Funeral Home, 750 East Main Street, Gun Barrel City, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2021. A Graveside service at Moorhead-Melton Cemetery in Eustace will follow at 3:30 p.m.
Reverend Chris Quinn will officiate for the Oates family.
Pallbearers are Ronnie Thomas, Scott Stewart, Charles Melton, Bubba Byers, Tony Cook and Russ Jager.
Arrangements were made at the direction of Moorhead Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. To leave an online condolence, visit moorheadfuneralhome.com.