A graveside ceremony honoring William M. Beville, Sr. will be held 10 AM, Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5-7 PM, Thursday, in the Rivercrest Chapel, 13329 S. Memorial Drive in Bixby. A ceremony eulogizing William’s life will begin at 7 PM Thursday evening, also at Rivercrest. William "Bill" passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Oklahoma City. He was 86 years old.
Born May 6, 1936 in Chicago, the first of two children to William Edgar and Agnes Perry (Spalding) Beville. While growing up in Chicago, Bill had a passion for photography, so much so that he built a dark room for developing his photos. He joined the ROTC in high school and thereafter served honorably in the United States Air Force.
It was during this time that Bill met and married Viola (Vi) of Douglas, GA, the mother of his first daughter, Patti. After leaving the Air Force, he returned to Richmond, VA, followed by a move to Tulsa where he met and married Donna. Once married, they moved to Houston where he worked for Motorola. After the birth of William Jr. and Brooke, the family moved to Broken Arrow, OK where they have resided since 1975.
Bill and Donna started their own business, db Communications. He specialized in 2-way radio communications and eventually cellular technology. Bill’s expertise, integrity and charisma proved successful both in business and personal life. He was known to many as “Bill the Radio Man.” Not afraid of heights, he climbed over 200-ft. radio towers well into his 60s, never denying anyone that wanted to tag along. If you were lucky, he encouraged it just to be onery!
Bill was a supporter of the community and helped establish the KEAS Soccer field complex in Bixby. He also served as a leader of the Bixby Soccer Club around that time. Bill represented the Green Country Soccer Association (as an Officer) and coached many of the kids in the area.
Being an avid fisherman, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to know most weekends you could find Bill at a pond, stream or lake enjoying the Oklahoma weather with his friends and family tagging along. In most recent years, he mastered the art of piddling, staying busy running errands, and working on handyman projects around the home.
Bill was a dependable Brother, caring Husband, proud Dad, even prouder Grandpa Bill and beloved Uncle Billy. It brought him joy visiting with family and sending messages of encouragement and love.
Surviving family include his wife, Donna Beville (Butcher) of Broken Arrow, OK; his children with Donna: William M. Beville, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Aurora, IL, and their children, Abigail and Grace Beville; and Brooke Beville of Tulsa; his children with Vi: Patti Ann Elliott and husband, John, and their children, Wendy Dupre and husband, Adam of Bellview, NE, and their children, Alissa Salas, Olivia Salas, Maddox Dupre, and Elliotte’ Dupre. His brothers-in-law and their families, Mrs. Cecil Lee Butcher (Ana) of San Antonio, TX, Duane Butcher and wife, Barbara of Arlington, VA and Larry Butcher and wife, Suzanne of Keene, New Hampshire. Known as “Uncle Billy” to his sister’s family, Bill is survived by: Patricia Kelly of Richmond, VA; nieces and nephews: Rhonda & Mike Kelly, Keith & Carol Kelly, Steve & Diane Kelly, Ryan & April Kelly; his grandnieces and grandnephews: Eric, Brodi, Alissa, Rhieanna, Shelby, Nick, Julia, Ian, and Nathan; and great-grandnephew, Tripp; his aunt, Lettie Estelle Perry (Born 1914) of Bristol, TN; and closest cousin, Sammy Perry and wife, Linda Perry of Bristol, TN.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to: Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) https://portal.afas.org/donate/?freq=1&isMemoriam=1 or USO
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