William Arthur "Bill" Mooneyham, 91, was born June 15, 1926 in Cameron, OK. August 11, 2017, Bill closed his eyes and awoke in Heaven, greeted by his daughter, Jeannie Gail; his parents, Charlie & Francis Mooneyham; three brothers, Clyde, Otho & Bob; and his sister, Vivian DuBoise. Bill worked to support his parents & siblings from the age of 13. He joined the Navy at age 17 and was aboard the U.S. Carter Hall during World War II. He returned to Cameron and married Lucille Didway August 3, 1946. The couple just celebrated their 71st anniversary. Bill chose to attend the Tulsa Barber College and earned his Master Barber Certification. He recently retired, completing 69 years as a barber. Bill was well known for all the antiques in his barber shop, his historical story-telling and making mind puzzles.
As a deacon of the Pleasant Valley Free Will Baptist Church for 51 years, he truly had a servant' s heart. He was willing to help others in need and some days he gave more free haircuts than those that were paid for. His strong work ethic and personal desire to provide for his family drove him to always be productive.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lucille of the home; son, Ronny Mooneyham and Kellie of Fort Smith, AR; daughters & their husbands, Joyce & Kenneth House of Cameron, Cheryl & Kevin Brown of Midwest City. He was blessed with nine grandchildren, Kendall House, Kevin House, Kyle & Laura House, Justin Savage, Derek and Chelcci Stapleton, Abby Ives, Kayla Brown, William Brown and Kevin Brown JR.; his great grandchildren, a joy to his life, are Jonathan and Leslie Dean House, Kylie Turner, Preslie House, Kira House, Maycci and Sawyer Stapleton. He is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Farrar and Mattalee Fox; many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK at 10 am with Rev. Rodney Tate officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau. Pallbearers will be Kendall House, Kevin House, Kyle House, Justin Savage, Derek Stapleton, Kevin Brown and Kenneth House. Honorary pallbearers will be J.B. Chester, Charles Diedrich and J.C. Midgley; as well as Military Honor Guard.
The family will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5-7 pm to visit with relatives & friends.