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Billie Louise Neighbors, a lifelong resident  of the Comanche and Meridian communities, entered into her eternal Home on Saturday evening, Dec. 24, 2016, at her home in Comanche, surrounded by her family.  She was 85 years old.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church with Bro. Rusty Canoy officiating, assisted by Bro. Trent Young.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. 6:30 p.m.  The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:30.
Billie was born Nov. 20, 1931, in Loco, Oklahoma to John and Minnie (Wisdom) Friels.  She was a graduate of Loco High School. Billie and Bill Etheridge were united in marriage on June 26, 1948, in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He preceded her in death on June 28, 1969. She later married Luther Burl Neighbors, on Oct. 8, 1970, in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Billie loved her Lord, church, and church family. Her greatest blessings were her son, daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She loved to watch all of them play sports, and to be involved in their lives.  She also loved to watch OU football.  Billie loved to sew, cook, and bake, and she looked forward to the holidays for her family to come home.
Survivors include her son, Steve Etheridge and wife Becky, Kingston, Oklahoma; two daughters: Jan Laminack and husband Edwin, Duncan, Oklahoma; and Tanna Gayle Peck and husband Rick, Duncan, Oklahoma;  seven grandchildren: Amy (Neighbors) Clark, Corey Laminack, Kevin Laminack, Cameron Etheridge, Jordan (Etheridge) Short, Linsey (Peck) Prollock, and Lacey (Peck) Hedrick.  Also seventeen great-grandchildren: Jacobi, Nathan, Kiley, Keely, Cayley, Collin, Carsyn, Conner, Paytyn, Mason, Jaxon, Madison, Justin, Hannah, Delaney, Zach, and Zane.  Also, a special niece, Linda (Conover) White; and many other relatives and close friends.
Billie was preceded in death by her husband Burl, her oldest daughter, Rhonda Sue Neighbors, her children's father, Bill Etheridge, her parents, John and Minnie Friels, three brothers: Eulan "Buck" Friels, Meredith Friels, and Vernon Friels; and two sisters:  Oleta (Friels) Conover and Mary (Friels) Goodell.
Serving as pallbearers will be Corey Laminack, Kevin Laminack, Cameron Etheridge, Brent Clark, J.R. Short, Aaron Prollock, and Robby Hedrick.  Honorary bearers will be her great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to comanchefh@pldi.net.
Published on December 27, 2016
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