Billy Joe Blythe, 85, of Brownwood, died Sunday, March 25, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Zephyr Cemetery with James Glasscock officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

Bill was born Sept. 22, 1932, in Pottsboro, to Samuel Sidon Blythe and Callie Lea (McClure) Blythe. He was married to Velma Arlene Hagan on July 18, 1953, in Quartzite, Arizona. Four children were blessed from this marriage: Darrell, Deborah, Darla and Dalyn.

Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction and the pipeline industry until his retirement. At home he was into many different hobbies that included radio-controlled airplanes that he built from his own drawings, CB’s, hunting, camping, boating, and he was an avid fisherman. He played guitar and loved to sing and dance. Family gatherings were filled with guitar music and song.

Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Velma Blythe of Brownwood; two daughters, Deborah (David) Price of Brownwood, Darla (Bob) Brewer of Brownwood; one daughter-in-Law Linda Blythe of Brownwood; one brother, Jonnie Claude Blythe of California; seven grandchildren and two step grand-children: Melanie Rose (Anthony) Rosario of Hagatma, Guam, Shawna (Chris) Hesketh of Austin, Cody (Rebeka) Blythe of Fort Worth, Kala Blythe of Brownwood, Leice (Michael) Wilson of Missouri, Jennifer Cerda of Brownwood, Chelsea Robinson of Brownwood, Sky Brewer of Brownwood, D. Scott Price of Arkansas, and Michelle Henson of Missouri; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by one step-son, Greg; a son, Darrell; and youngest daughter, Dalyn; as well as his parents; two brothers: Samuel D and Jesse Lee; and three sisters: Rose Mary, Arti Bell, and Mildred.

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