- Ada, Oklahoma

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March 16, 2013

Billy Ray “Bill” Vandegriff

Ada —  

Services for Billy Ray “Bill” Vandegriff, 62, Ada, are 2 p.m. Monday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Mickey Keith officiating. 

Mr. Vandergriff died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his home. He was born April 28, 1950, at Ada to Elmer W. "E.W." and Lorene Pinley Vandegriff. 

He attended Irving grade school and graduated from Latta High School in 1968. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology and a Master’s Degree in human services administration from East Central University.

He married Karen Harrison on May 31, 1996, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Mr. Vandegriff worked for the Department of Human Services in the office of client advocacy for 11 years as an investigator and advocate. He also was a case manager and worked as a juvenile probation officer. For 10 years, he worked as a probation and parole officer for the Department of Corrections, and a year as the Pontotoc County bailiff. Mr. Vandegriff was a member of Evangelist Temple for 24 years and for many years he attended the First Baptist Church in Ada.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Vandegriff, of the home; a daughter, Calli Vandegriff, of the home; two brothers, Wendell “Sonny” Vandegriff, Ada, and Bob Vandegriff and his wife Joan, Owasso; a sister, Pat Goodwin, Oklahoma City; an aunt, Gail Pinley, Pauls Valley; and a brother-in-law, Mark Harrison, McAlester. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bearers are Terry Shires, Lynn Porter, Wayne Jones, Alvin Shores, Gary Don Hill and Jerrell Choate.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the First Baptist Church, Falls Creek Cabin Building Fund, 521 S. Broadway, Ada, OK 74820.

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