James William "Billy" High of Paoli passed away October 20, 2017 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 70 years.
Billy was born December 20, 1946 in Lexington, Oklahoma to Muggins and Marguarite (Ille) High. He grew up in Lexington, attended Lexington schools and is a graduate of the Lexington High School.
He began his tour of duty in the United States Army on July 10, 1967 and was Honorably Discharged on July 14, 1969 and continued to serve a time in the Army Reserves. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He married the love of his life, Jo Ella Murray, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on December 17, 1980 and has been blessed with almost 37 years together at the time of his passing. About the same time, he began as a truck driver for Dolese and was a member of Paoli First Baptist Church.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Muggins and Marguarite High; and his brother, Raymond High.
Surviving family include his wife, Jo of the home; children - Lyndsi High, Jody McGuffin and husband Eric, all of Paoli, and Nocona Stingley and husband Jamie of Midland, Texas; 2 granddaughters, Sydni Jones of Denton, Texas, and Abby McGuffin of Ft. Worth, Texas; 2 grandsons, Blaze Stingley of Midland, Texas, and Coleson Stingley of Wynnewood; his sister-in-law, Jackie Murray; and his parents-in-law, Rex and Rubye Murray, all of Paoli.
Memorial services will be held by the church and family on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Paoli First Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. John Allen. A private inurnment will be at Hopping Cemetery at a later date.
Services for cremation were under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family's guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 24, 2017