November 30, 2022

And Jesus agreed she, follow me and I’ll make you do it become fishers of men.

To mark 1:17

Bill Currens was a fisher of men. After living as a faithful disciple for 92 years, Bill left his earthly home for heaven on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Born January 29, 1930 in Panama, Oklahoma, Bill graduated from Panama High School with the class of 1948. He attended Carl Albert Junior College, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma Baptist University and received his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He was a lifelong learner and continued his education with many postgraduate hours.

Bill proudly served his country in the US Army in Korea before being honorably discharged. During his service he received the Good Conduct Medal and the Medal of Foreign Wars and played for the All-Star Far East Commando Baseball Team in Tokyo.

As a young man, Bill worked for the Kansas City Southern Railroad and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Bill was a math teacher and popular football coach at Bokoshe Public Schools, Westville Public Schools and Shawnee Public Schools, crowning his career with the Wildcats at Ponca City Public Schools. He later worked for Shawnee Construction Co. and founded South Central Industries, Inc. and remained co-director with his wife.

A passionate sports enthusiast, Bill served as a director of the Oklahoma Coaches Association and as a commissioner of the NAIA Athletic Association. He was selected to coach the Oklahoma Football Team at the Oil Bowl. He was also active on the board of directors of Central Oklahoma Action and served for many years as the chair of Operation Christmas. He served on Senator Nickels Nichols’ scholarship committee and was the leader of Faith 7 Bowl Games for many years.

When not at church or community service, Bill was happiest with a fishing pole in hand and a family member or friend by his side.

He married Velma Marie Lemmon Lacquement on May 1, 1999. They spent many years by the lake, traveling and enjoying time with their large family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Sue Currens; parents, George and Ada Currens; grandson, James Andrew Hatch; and sister Patsy Fox.

Those who cherish his memory are his wife, Velma Currens, of the home; daughters, Billye Sue and Jim Hatch of Shawnee, OK, Julie and Roddie Smith of Katy, TX, Lisa and Joe Morlan of Bethel Acres, and Starla and Kelley Griffith of Bethel Acres; grandsons Adam Curren Cote-Hatch, Spencer Hatch, Tayler McCarthy, Barrett Smith, Bailey Hughes, Jacob Morlan, Brittney Snodgrass, Carly Griffith-Hotvedt and Daniel Griffith; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, pal Joe Currens; and other extended family and friends.

The visit will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Worship will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Life.Church in Shawnee, conducted by the Reverend Larry Sparks. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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