In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. James Catholic Church or Telephone Pioneers.
A memorial mass will be held 11:00 AM Monday, September 23rd at St. James the Greater Catholic Church 4201 S. McKinley Oklahoma City, OK.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
Bill Hatchell, 83, passed away on Thursday at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Oklahoma City to Amster A. & Bonnie Louise (Pipkin) Hatchell. Bill graduated from Capitol Hill High School where he ran track.
Bill married the love of his life Mary Van Buren on August 3rd, 1958 & to this union two sons were born Anthony Allen & William Kennith.
He enlisted in the Army National guard 45th Infantry Division shortly before graduating high school where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in his 8 years of service. He then enlisted in the Air National Guard and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant in his 8 years of service.
He began working at Southwestern Bell shortly after graduating high school where he worked for 35+ years and retired as a 2nd line Supervisor from SWB/AT&T in 1991. After retirement he and wife Mary served with the Telephone Pioneers.
Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather & friend. He will always be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and his love for his family. He loved skiing, fishing, camping, OU football, and taking countless vacations with his wife and family, especially to Destin, FL.
On 6-9-94 he received the most precious gift from an unknown donor in WV. He received a heart transplant that allowed him to enjoy 25+ years more with his family who are eternally grateful.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and foster parents Bill & Hazel Brogdon;
3 sisters Janice, Verna Mae & husband Lloyd, and Tracey.
He is survived by wife and soulmate of 61+ years Mary;
Sons Tony & wife Lisa, William & his wife Sheri;
Grandsons; Ryan & wife Krystal; DJ & wife Bailey; Quinten, Michael & Lindsey;
Great grandchildren; Peyton, Morgan, Harper, Madden and one on the way.
Bill is also survived by his step-brother; Hank Allison & wife Cheryl;
Brothers-in-law; Jr. Ware and Roy Jenkins and numerous nieces and nephews.