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PARK HILL – Funeral services for Leon William “Bill” Carlile will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Tahlequah, with the Rev. Jan Condren officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 31, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Bill include his eight nephews. Honorary Pallbearers are David Haney, Pete Jack, Bobby Ballew, Gary Davis, Mike Kelley, and AC Fields. Leon William “Bill” Carlile was born on Feb. 21, 1947, at home in rural Cherokee County. They lived near Standing Rock on the Illinois River on a farm that encompassed Bill’s grandfather’s Cherokee allotment. Bill was the first born of Leon Perry and Jessie Geneva (McDonald) Carlile. He attended school at Pettit, Welling, Keys, and graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1964. Bill earned four college degrees: a bachelor of science in education with certification in math and physics from Northeastern State University in 1968; a master of education degree from NSU in 1972; a bachelor of science in business from NSU; and later earned an MBA from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in finance in 1975. Bill worked in IT for the pharmaceutical company Abbott Labs in Dallas, Texas. He married Mary Kathleen Culver on June 9, 1973, at the First Baptist Church of Tahlequah. This union was blessed with 42 years of love and memories. After a long and distinguished career, Bill retired to the Tahlequah area and began his second career as a gentleman rancher. He loved being outdoors, sitting on the front porch with his wife Mary, and riding the ranch on his Polaris Ranger in the company of his nieces and nephews. He loved to have his family close by and cherished every moment he had with them. He helped organize the family reunions every year to keep his extended family close and connected. He was a devoted husband and son, always looking to the needs of his parents and in-laws. He loved making special meals that the family could enjoy together. A family favorite was Bill’s famous biscuits with Blue and Gold sausage gravy. He was a kind man with a big heart and a true friend to many. A Christian by faith, Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tahlequah. He was always there to lend support to family, friends, and strangers whenever he saw a need. The Lord called this good and faithful servant to his eternal rest on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Tahlequah, with his loved ones by his side. Bill was 68 years old. Bill is preceded in death by his father, Leon; and his brother, Russell Lee Carlile. Those left to cherish Bill’s memory include his loving wife, Mary of the home in Park Hill; his mother, Jessie Geneva McDonald; and three sisters, Sandra Kay Farmer and husband Sam David of Coweta, Donna Jean McNabb of Claremore, Karen Sue Howe and husband Gary Leon of Park Hill; and sister-in-law, June Carlile of Tahlequah. He will be dearly missed and remembered by his six nieces, eight nephews, many cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. In loving memory of Bill, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 315 E. Shawnee St., Tahlequah, OK 74464. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  July 31, 2015
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