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May 13, 2012

Billy Joe 'B.J.' Crittendon

Oct. 27, 1926 - May 8, 2012

Billy Joe 'B.J.' Crittendon

Oct. 27, 1926 - May 8, 2012

Billy Joe 'B.J.' Crittendon, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Oklahoma City.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2012, at the Southern Baptist Church in Rush Springs, with Don Crittendon officiating. Burial will be in the Rush Springs Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Rush Springs.

B.J. was born Wednesday, October 27, 1926 in Rush Springs, to Lavoise and Etta Ruth (Penn) Crittendon. B.J. lived in the Rush Springs area most of his life and in Chickasha for the past six years. He attended high school in Rush Springs and later joined the Merchant Marines during WWII. B.J. married Lois Jones on May 1, 1945 at the Methodist Church parsonage in Rush Springs. He worked as a loan officer at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Rush Springs and later was promoted to senior vice-president until his retirement in 1986. He returned to the bank a year later to work part time as a loan officer. B.J. wanted to be a part of the effort to stabilize the bank and worked to help it grow. After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his sister and brother-in-law, Joe and Joan Ross. B.J. loved outdoor activities including, gardening, fishing, hunting, golf, baseball and football. B.J. was a member of the Southern Baptist Church in Rush Springs.

Survivors include wife, Lois Crittendon of the home; two daughters, Regina Lane and husband Lee of Mannford, OK and Bettenia Baker and husband Dale of Ninnekah, OK; four grandchildren, Kimberly Smith, Carisa Sitton, Bobbi Brown and Kristi Nesvold; 10 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephewsB.J. was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Lavoise Crittendon, Jr. and sister, Mary Kay Clubb.Pallbearers will be: Bon Dale Lentz, Raymond Rust, Conn Goodwin, Ron Parrish, Joe Tunnel, Jack Porter. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Dale Jones, Carol Heilman, Mac Vincent, Don Miluer, Dow Meek and Mike Carter.Online condolences may be made to www.callawaysmithcobb.com

 

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