Bill Lee Way of Miami died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at Eastwood Manor Nursing Home in Commerce after an illness. He was 83.

Bill was born September 24, 1924 in Vinita to Emerson Earl and Mamie (Olrich) Way. He lived in the Miami-Vinita area all his life. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had worked as a lab tech for B.F. Goodrich for 39 years and 9 months.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Miami and served as a deacon and was active in the church choir. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the United Rubber Workers and American Legion of Miami.

He married Shelby Blankenship of Miami. She survives, of the home. Additional survivors include two sons; Dr. Bill Vaughn Way of Duncanville, Texas, and Melvin Lynn Chancey and wife Sharon of Broken Arrow; one daughter, Melinda Gower and husband Ottis of Miami; two brothers, C.R. Way of Duncanville, Texas, and Harry Way and wife Ruby, of east of Miami; one sister, Betty Duncan of Cypress, Calif.; his ex-wife, Rhea Vaughn of Duncanville; seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at the First Christian Church Chapel in Miami. Leon Weece will officiate. Nephews will serve as Pallbearers.

Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.