We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Dickie Allen Funeral Home
A funeral service for Billy Gresham will be Sunday May 29th, 2022 at 3pm at the Dickie Allen funeral home chapel. A visitation will take place 1 hour prior to service time also at the chapel. Interment will follow services at McKnight Cemetery.
Billy Gresham was a man of great integrity. He was the epitome of honesty, sincerity and most importantly he was completely authentic. His way of life and the teachings he bestowed on everyone around him, came from a generation where people were kind to each other, stood up for what they believed in and loved their neighbor as much as they did their family. Billy was the perfect example of what a man and leader should be, always making sure to hold his family as top priority.
Billy's lifetime was spent in his favorite place…the Sacul and Cushing communities where he was known and loved by all. Billy served in the US Army during the Korean war prior to marrying Margie Nell Williams in 1953. Billy and Margie lived in the Dallas area for six years for work, before returning home. to help support and take care of family. Billy worked in the log woods and then as a mechanic before opening his own shop in Cushing. Later on, Billy's decision to run for Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace turned into the most rewarding job of his life. He remained “Judge” for 20 plus years leaving him with nickname that stuck forever. Although he was harsh with the gavel in his hand, Billy would hug you later and ask if he could help in any way. Their home had an open door policy for all law enforcement, welcoming them day or night for a short visit and a piece of Miss Margie’s pie!
Billy loved and respected law enforcement and his job as JP, but his greatest passion truly was people, especially his family and closest friends. Billy took pride in raising his children with the same morals, ethics and rules that he had followed all his life teaching them to be polite, respectful and to lead an honorable life…and he was proud of each of them. Billy always loved taking his kids fishing and camping and loved spending time with his close friends and their families, especially throwing fish frys and taking special trips to multiple places. This is where he was happiest…with family and friends.
Billy loved his sweet “Gal” Mrs. Margie Nell. There wasn’t anything he wanted to do without the love of his life by his side and they did just that for a beautiful 69 years. Billy enjoyed many years on the farm raising cattle, but was most proud of becoming a “Gran”, his heart overflowed with joy of watching the grandchildren and great grandchildren as they grew and prospered. In his later years, Billy loved to sit down at the Sacul store with his buddies telling old stories and laughing and then stop by Beckham’s Hardware in Cushing to continue with other friends. One of his favorite topics was his “100% old school” cap given to him by a dear friend…that saying described him perfectly!
Billy, or “Judge” as many knew him, lived a life of honor. He was humble, lived a simple, busy life always helping others. He had a dignified and deeply seeded existence in his beloved Cushing, where he served as a dedicated member of the Cushing Lodge #911 AF & AM, where he was a 32nd degree Mason for over 50 years. He greatly respected and supported his Masonic Brothers.
He was respected by all and gave a hand to anyone in need. He loved his fellow man and everyone knew he was there if they needed him. He left a mark. A mark that will never fade or be erased.
Billy is survived by his best friend and wife, Margie Nell Williams Gresham of Cushing; children, Ricky Dale Gresham & wife, Belinda of Cushing; Paula Lynn Gresham & Rick Mahan of Arp and Barbara Gresham Hunter of Cushing; grandchildren, Ashley Engle & husband, G.W., Nathan Gresham & wife, Kim and Megan Driver & husband, Josh; great grandchildren, Mason Levings, Trace Engle, Easton Engle, Hadley Gresham, Caroline Gresham, Jordan Driver and Bailey Driver; sisters, Peggy Walker & husband Ollis “Doodie” and Sue Fuller & husband, Rex; He will also be remembered by his “bonus” grandchildren, T.C. Gunter and Myla Moore.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Forest “Bill” and Hassie Mae Swink Gresham and siblings, AB “Cotton” Gresham, Jimmy Gresham, David Gresham, Dorothy Edmonson and son-in law, Jacky Hunter
Serving as pallbearers will be his beloved nephews, Cary Walker, Jerry Edmonson, Mark Edmonson, Billy Edmonson, Chris Edmonson, Larry Gresham and Dennis Gresham.
Honorary pallbearers will be his lifelong and close friends, Pete Baggett, David Wisener, Tom Maddox, Joe Evans, Mike Kelly, Roger Dudley, Dan Peppard and Robby Gunter.