Funeral services for Billy Pelts, 83 of Bixby, formerly of Pryor, will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am at Key Funeral Home Chapel in Pryor. Robert McGuire will officiate with burial following at Graham Memorial Cemetery in Pryor. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Pryor.
Billy Buck Pelts was born on February 2, 1930 in Rattan, Oklahoma to William and Susan Zora (Spring) Pelts. He passed away on August 27, 2013 in Broken Arrow.
Billy was raised in Britton, Oklahoma. He joined the United States Air Force and served a short time. He was married to Myrtle Almeda Scott on March 19, 1949 in Britton. They made their home in Britton where they raised their five children. Billy worked as a firefighter in Oklahoma City for several years, and then retired after hurting his back, but he had great pride about being a fireman. In 1968, Billy moved his family to Locust Grove where he became the auto mechanics teacher at Locust Grove High School for the next four years. In 1970, he and Myrtle bought the Hickory Pit Drive-In in Pryor. It was known to have the best BBQ and BBQ sauce in Pryor. It was located on highway 69 a block north of Graham, close to the sheriff’s station and they even provided food to the inmates. All five of the Pelts kids worked at the drive-in in various positions; they have fond memories of their time there, cooking, cleaning, and mixing up soda pop and carhopping. Bill and Myrtle retired in 1974 and enjoyed a nice, simple life in Pryor. Myrtle passed away in March of 1983. Billy remained in Pryor and he enjoyed dancing, playing tennis, playing his guitar and woodworking. He was an active member of Pryor First Baptist Church and drove the bus for the Keenagers. He moved to Bixby five years ago and was currently still living there.
He is survived by three children, Roger Pelts and wife Diana of Tulsa, Marjorie Murray of Fairfield, Iowa and Darlene Lemke and husband Jeff of Fairfield, Iowa; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; four sisters, Roberta, Bonnie, Sue and Jeanie and one brother Gilbert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Myrtle, two daughters Terrie and Debbie, one sister Ruth and one brother Buddy.