George T. "Buddy" Billy

Originally Published In:
Durant, Oklahoma
April 2006

George Billy

George Billy, 62, passed away March 20, 2006 in Springer, New Mexico. He was born November 11, 1943 in Finley, Oklahoma to Ruth Billy, to whom he was devoted, and Elliston Billy, from whom he was proud to have received his Choctaw heritage.

George came to New Mexico at a very young age, growing up in Cimarron and later in Springer. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for most of his life throughout the western states.

He was preceded in death by his mother; an aunt, Tommie Flowers; brothers, Carol Joe Billy, Elton Billy, and Gene Billy; and sisters, Evelyn Billy and Carol Martinez Billy.

Survivors include two aunts, Winnie Boggs and Martha Flowers of California; special uncle, Joe Lopez of Albuquerque, who helped in the upbringing of George and his brothers and sisters and thought of them as if they were his own children; half-sister, Carrie Billy West and husband Don of Capitan; brother-in-law Gene Martinez of Lakewood, Colorado; niece, Dana Martinez Parker and husband Mike, of St. Petersburg, Florida; nephew, Craig Martinez, dauther, Monica, of Denver; sister-in-law, Gloria Billy, daughter Megan of Santa Rosa; nephew Randy Hager and wife, Marie, sons Jacob and Seth, and nephew William "Wedo" Hager, all of Avondale, Arizona; his caring neighbor and friend, Juanita Madrid of Springer, and numerous cousins and friends in Oklahoma.

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