TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Rev. Charles William “Bill” Drywater are 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the First Baptist Church in Tahlequah. Family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Steely Springs Church. Officiating will be Rev. Richard “Guy” Soldier and Brother John Grayson. Pallbearers are Brian Glory, Aaron Robinson, Casey Drywater, Cullus Buck, Felix Fixin, and Jason McLaughlin. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Drywater, Rev. Dale Carey, Gerald Brackett, Michael Smoker, Billy Carey, David Smoker and Justin Drywater. Interment will follow in the Agent Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com. “Bill,” as known to many, was born on Oct. 15, 1938, in Moodys, Okla., to the late Rev. Joe Drywater and Lucy (Sands) Drywater. The Lord called him home on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Tulsa OSU Medical Center at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 16 days. On April 23,1968, he married the love of his life, Rebecca “Becky” (Carey) Drywater, of which was blessed with 47 and a half years. It was rare to see one without the other. Children from this union include: daughter, Penny (husband Michael Smoker); sons, Stephen and Aaron “AJ” Drywater (AJ’s fiancé Leigha Morgan), all from Tahlequah. Bill was baptized in 1969 by his father, the late Rev. Joe Drywater at New Hope Baptist Church in Hulbert, and joined Vanns Lake Baptist Church in Porter. He surrendered and was called to the ministry in 1982, as a licensed minister. He was ordained as a reverend in 1986. Churches that he pastored were: Vanns Lake Baptist in Porter; Illinois River Baptist in Chewey as a temporary fill-in; Old Green Baptist in Westville; and Steeley Springs Baptist in Tahlequah from January 2000 to present, December 2015, where the congregation voted him as Life-Time Pastor. His life’s passion was to minister and sing the gospel songs with sweet anointing that only the Lord could give. He had a burden for people, including family and extended family, that were lost and undone, as he once was. He loved family gatherings. He was a mean domino player. Bill enjoyed playing the guitar and singing with his father, sisters and his wife and children. His hobbies included: hunting, fishing, traveling, and watching his kids and grandkids play sports. His legacy will forever be remembered and cherished in the lives of his wife, children and the church he pastored for 16 years. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; brother, George Drywater; sisters, Mary Brackett, Janie Fields, Jessie Mae Cochran, and Pauline Cheater; and son, Kenny Drywater, Sr. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Becky of the home; children, Penny Drywater-Smoker and husband Michael Smoker, Stephen and AJ, and fiancé Leigha, all of Tahlequah, Billie Joyce and husband Jack Fain of Chewey, and Suzanne Drywater of Tahlequah; brother, Larry and wife Sandi Drywater of Owasso; sisters, Irene Fixin and husband Daniel of Muskogee, and Rosemary Ross of Tahlequah; granddaughters, Kandace Drywater, Kourtney Vann, Krissa Drywater, and Skyler Smoker; great-grandson, Jayce Drywater; as well as Jacqueline, Anson, Jonathan, Jodie, Seif and Josef, Sarah Lee, Cassie and Kenny Jr.; 12 greats and a host of other family members and friends. Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 918-458-5055.
Published on  December 3, 2015