Billie Joe Lentz, 81, Neosho, Mo., passed away April 9, 2017 at Freeman Neosho Hospital. He was born May 27, 1935, in a log cabin, in Stella, Mo., to Crawford Thomas and Bonnie Arleta (Arndts) Lentz.
Billie served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1975. He was a career Army man, wood carver, teacher, gun smith and artist. He also owned and operated Unicorn Gun Shop from 1983 to 1991. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and was very active in the United Methodist Church Men's Group. He was also a member of the Tri-State Wood Carvers Guild and the Senior Men's Golf League.
Billie married Sue (Paden) on January 17, 1975, in Neosho, and she survives of the home.
Also surviving are four children, Cindy Jo Staponski and husband, Rick, of Purdy, Mo., Billie J. Lentz Jr. of Bentonville, Ark., Paul Thomas Lentz and wife, Miranda, of Bentonville, Ark., and William Channing Lentz and wife, Kristen, of Springfield, Mo.; sister, Geri Webb, of Diamond, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Jacy, Katy, Brandon and Andrew. In addition to his parents, Billie is preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Kay Gibson.
Services will be held Thursday, April 13, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, in Neosho, with Pastor Mitch Jarvis officiating. Interment, and full military honors, will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery, in Stella. The family will receive friends at a time of visitation on Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, in Neosho. The casket will be closed after visitation and will remain closed.
Contributions, in memory of Billie, may be made to the United Methodist Church Christian Life Center Building Fund, in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
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Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on  April 11, 2017