NORMAN — Billy Ray Hames, 55, of Norman passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 26, 1958 in Norman, Oklahoma to Donald Charles Hames and Mary Sue Bowerman.
Billy was a carpenter for the state of Oklahoma before retiring in 2008 after thirty years of service. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1979. He began martial arts training in the 1970s in Shihan-Ryu Karate-do. As a skilled martial artist and competitor, Billy won many championships in weapons kata. He trained with numerous instructors in karate, jujitsu and kobudo. Billy was an expert with the sword, bo, sai and other kobudo weapons. He studied the Japanese language at the University of Oklahoma and was fluent in both reading and writing Japanese.
Billy was the head of the Hames Shihan-Rru and Ju-Jitsu in Norman and produced several champions in both empty hand and weapons kata competition. He was also the co-owner of the High Hopes Equestrian Center in Norman.
Billy was preceded in death by his brother, Charles “Chuck” Hames.
He is survived by his parents; wife, Virginia; two sons, Curtis Hames and wife Amber of Enid, Oklahoma and Michael Hames of Norman, Oklahoma; step son, John Cottengim of Moore, Oklahoma; and one grandchild, Hannah Hames.
Memorial services begin 1 p.m., Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Church of Christ, 111 North Main Street in Noble.
Arrangements for Billy and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Saturday, June 21, 2014
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