Clarence Burdine ‘Bill’ Billingsley, Jr. M.D went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 15, 2019, in Tulsa. Bill was born to Clarence Sr. and Mary Harbour Billingsley on Dec. 30, 1932, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Dr. Billingsley earned his M.D from Tulane University in 1957. He then went on to specialize in cardiology and internal medicine at Tulane University, followed by his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. Following his internship, he then served in the US Navy, stationed in the Indian hospital in Claremore. Following his service to our country, he then returned to Tulane University to specialize in ophthalmology, graduating in 1964.
He opened and operated Ponca City Eye Clinic in Ponca City from 1964 to 1992. He was then a member of the LaHaye Eye Institute team in Lafayette, La., until his retirement this past December, culminating a 54 year career in premium medical care. He is best known for his brilliant mind, exhausting work ethics, and his warm compassion for his patients and co-workers.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Mary, and his sister LaVonne Scott.
Bill was an avid fisherman and sailor, and any water-related activity that could be spent with his family and friends.
Bill and Carolyn are current members of the Broken Arrow Church of Christ, and are past members of the Merrick Church of Christ in Ardmore and the Hartford Ave. Church of Christ in Ponca City.
Left to cherish Bill’s memories are his wife Carolyn Yvonne Billingsley of Broken Arrow; sons Clarence Burdine III and Jamie Billingsley of Oklahoma City; Dr. Andrew and Joanne Billingsley of New London, N.C., Michael and Ruby Billingsley of Houston, Texas, and Rob and Pam Wright of Broken Arrow; daughters Martha Billingsley Adair of Sherman, Texas, Peggy Lowery of Broken Arrow and Connie Kiel of Owasso; sister Betty Billingsley Broom of Plano, Texas; 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Bill will always be remembered for his unconditional faith and love of God, his family, and friends. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Floral Haven Funeral Home. Come-and-go visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m.; family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m.
Celebration of life service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Broken Arrow Church of Christ. Interment service will be 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home in Ardmore.