Billie Dean Roberts Sr. of Jay died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at Saint John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. He was 66.
He was born Sept. 2, 1940, in Noble, Ill., to Rice Glenn Roberts and Mertie (Guthrie) Roberts. He grew up in the cotton fields of eastern Arkansas. He moved to Oklahoma in 1975.
He was a Korean War veteran of the Army, serving as a paratrooper from 1958 to 1961.
He owned six donut shops in seven years and had cabins on Lake Eucha for 12 years. He owned and operated the Jay Motel until he built the Holiday Pines Motel in Jay in 1984. He served as the mayor of Jay for 12 years.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma, of the home; three sons and their wives, Jim Starr of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bill and Joni Roberts Jr. of Jay and John and Carla Roberts of Pryor; two daughters and their husbands, Tenna and Mike Shotpouch of Jay and Barbara and Dennis Newsome of Salt Lake City; his mother, of Jay, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Doris Day.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Assembly of God in Jay. Burial will be in Mount Hermon Cemetery, east of Jay.
Military rites will be conducted by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Jay.