Billy L. Cole was born on Sept. 22, 1932, in Soper, Okla., to L.O. and Hettye Cole. He spent his childhood in Soper. He moved to Pampa, Texas, in 1948. He met Toni Brooks on Aug. 18, 1951, and they were married on Dec. 1, 1951. He was then drafted into the army and served two years in the Korean War. Coming home to Pampa he finally had his family, which was most important to him.
Billy moved his family to Morapos Creek, near Hamilton, in April 1972. He ran heavy equipment for many years building roads and lakes; he also was a master mechanic. He went to work for Trapper Mine in 1978 and retired in 1991.
Billy spent many a wonderful day at his brother's ranch, the Wild Thang, on Morapos Creek. He built roads and lakes with his dozer and hunted and fished with his Brother J.D. and his family and friends from all over the U.S. Billy loved the Lord Jesus and spending time with his family. He taught his children and grandchildren to drive, hunt, fish, water-ski and play music. He enjoyed riding his horse, gardening, playing the guitar, painting skull art and bird watching. He was always happiest at home on Morapos Creek, and was always willing to help anyone. He had many special friends on Morapos Creek, in Craig and around the U.S. Billy passed away at his home on Aug. 18. He will be greatly missed by Toni and the rest of the family.
Billy is survived by his wife, Velma "Toni" Cole of Hamilton; daughters, Taunya (Art) Morford of Grand Junction and Stacey (Greg) Camilletti of Hamilton; grandchildren, Devon (Jennifer) Cole, Dayma Torsiello and Salina (Steve) Bilbrey, all of Grand Junction; six great-grandchildren, Corey, Mercedes, Sidney, Jacob, Haley and Amber; sister, Lynne (Jack) Beavers of Soper, Okla.; and brother, J.D. (Charlene) Cole of Dodge City Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, L.O. and Hettye Cole; brother, Ted; sister, Daphine; and son, Mike.
He says farewell to all his many friends.