OBITUARY

William Joseph Cavaness

January 10, 1920December 10, 2012

William “Bill” Joseph Cavaness Jan. 10, 1920 – Dec. 10, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY William “Bill” Joseph Cavaness, 92, passed away Dec. 10, 2012 at his home in Warr Acres, OK. He was born on Jan. 10, 1920 to D.M. and Marie Cavaness (deceased) in Chickasha, OK where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with his Dad and brother, Dan. While attending Chickasha High School, Bill participated in debate and traveled all over the state, winning many competitions. He enrolled in pre-law at the University of Oklahoma in 1938 and a year later enlisted in the Army. During WWII, Bill served in the Army Air Corp. Technical Training Command as an airplane and engine instructor for the B-17 and B-29 Bombers, among others, he served 4 ½ years, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. After the war, William returned to OU and studied under Bruce Goff, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1951 and a BA in History. He became A.I.A. certified in 1958 and later NCARB certified and opened his own practice in 1963 which he maintained until today. During his career he designed many commercial as well as residential buildings, including hotels, offices, & churches. William married Betty Cassil Faust on April 13th, 1952. After her passing in 2000, Bill began ballroom dancing, made many friends and enjoyed performing in dance showcases and competing in competitions. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and his daughter, Pamela Sue Cavaness. He is survived by son, Jere William, daughter Lynda Louise and husband Alan Frizzell, Grand-daughter, Gina Pinc and husband Joseph Buendia and their children, Madaline and Bennett. Step-Grandchildren include Alicia and Chris Kennebeck and son Seth; Jeff and Amy Frizzell,and children, Piper and Gibson. Bill was a longtime member of the Church of Christ Scientist, loved God and attended church regularly his entire life. Funeral Service is Friday, December 14th, 2 P.M., at Guardian West Chapel, 5820 N. W. 41st Street, Oklahoma City, OK in Lieu of flowers you may make donations to the Salvation Army.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 13, 2012
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2012
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William Joseph Cavaness

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gene fowler

January 1, 2013

Bill, hope you're doing lots of dancing in that great dance floor in the sky. It was a pleasure knowing you for awhile.
gene fowler

Bobbye McElrath

December 31, 2012

It was a real pleasure to know your dad, Mr. Bill. He was a true gentleman and always made a lady feel special. I will miss him. Can't imagine dance parties without him. Patsy text-ed me while I was in Dallas to let me know about his passing. I'm sorry I wasn't here for the funeral. Love and prayers to you.

Kathy Fancher

December 31, 2012

I was blessed to have known him.

Scott Lumry

December 31, 2012

Thanks, Wild Bill, for giving us an example of what a full life is. Your humor, smile, and dance moves will live on in our hearts.

Chris Kennebeck

December 31, 2012

Anyone who met him was lucky, and I am thankful I was one.

~mindy

December 31, 2012

I was blessed to have met your Dad. He was a special man with a beautiful heart.

December 18, 2012

My Unlce Bill was quite the character after seeing him for the first time in 40 years a couple of years ago at his home. We all could take a lesson from Uncle Bill to live life to the fullest even in the midst of hardship. Uncle Bill had a magical presence about him when entered a room to say HI or dance the night away. I feel privledged that I was able to see Uncle Bill in person feel the true treasure that will be missed tremendously.

Jon Faust

December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012