Billy Wesley Hudspeth
Billy Wesley Hudspeth died May 12 in Gore, Okla. He was 71 years old.Billy was born March 16, 1934, in Oklahoma City. He lived most of his life in Colorado.For 30 years, Billy operated heavy equipment for Stutsman Gerbaz Earthmoving. During that time he lived in the Basalt area and made many friends in Aspen, Basalt and the surrounding area. He enjoyed hunting and especially fishing, and his favorite fishing spot was Lake Powell.The most important people in Billy’s life were his family. He was very close to his brothers and sisters, his daughters and his grandchildren. He was very proud of his grandkids’ accomplishments, and his youngest grandson, Westley, especially brought him joy in the past few years as his health continued to deteriorate. Loved by many and with a heart full of love, Billy was always willing to help others. His presence in this world was a blessing and he will be missed.Billy is survived by three daughters, Tamera Stahly, Mary Hicks and Billie Jo Hudspeth; and five grandchildren, Robert Stahly, Andrew Stahly, Abigail Hicks, Christopher Watson and Westley Hudspeth. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers Mary Lou Jacobs, Doris Larsen, Fern Sullivan, Cecil Hudspeth and George Hudspeth. A memorial service to celebrate Billy’s life is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Basalt Community United Methodist Church, 0167 Holland Hills Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.
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