William “Ray”
May 19, 1933 – August 24, 2016
“Ray” Beals was born May 19, 1933 in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma to
Henryetta and William Thomas Beals. He passed away August 24, 2016 at Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 5 days. Ray grew up in
Roger Mills County and attended Five Star Schools. After Five Star Schools
closed he attended Breezy Meadow Schools. After leaving school he began helping
his father on the farm and later participated in share cropping. He was married
to Wilma Mae (Denney) Beals at Ft. Worth, Texas on September 6, 1955. They
lived in the Ft. Worth area for a short period of time, until moving to Pampa,
Texas. After living in Pampa for a few years they moved back to Oklahoma where
they made their home on the family farm where they owned and operated a dairy.
In the early 70’s he began his career in the oil field working as a roughneck
and continued working his way up to a salesman. Ray later obtained employment
with Roger Mills driving a truck hauling rock and shale. He retired in 1996 and
enjoyed tending his gardens, yard work and spending his time visiting with
family and friends and taking care of his wife, Wilma. He was preceded in death
by his parents, wife, Wilma, 2 sisters, Pearl Lacey, Lois Sprowls 3 brothers,
Jim Beals, Lloyd Beals and Harold Beals. He is survived by his 4 children,
Jeanice Touchstone and husband, Duane, Leedey, OK, Sharon Moler and husband,
Robert, Elk City, OK, Tamara Davie and husband, Doug, Sayre, OK and Michael Ray
Beals and Randi, Woodward, OK; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 1
sister, Bernice Smith, Pampa, TX; 3 brothers-in-law, David Denney, Cheyenne,
OK, Ed Reinschmidt, Custer City, OK and Louis Sprowls; 1 sister-in-law, Joyce
Beals, Elk City, OK and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services are
Monday, August 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Red Star Brethren in Christ Church,
Leedey, OK with interment at Silent Home Cemetery, Crawford, OK.