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Woodrow Ellis Linville

November 22, 1937 — May 25, 2020

Woodrow Ellis Linville passed from this life on May 25, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He passed quickly and peacefully in hospital care from complications of a stroke.
Woodrow (Woody) was born on November 22, 1937 to Woodrow Everett and Bessie (Thomas) Linville in Hominy, Oklahoma. He grew up working with his family at the sale barn in Hominy. He spent his youth calf roping, attending rodeos, and hauling livestock. His father was an accomplished calf roper and he hoped to follow in his footsteps. He was offered a scholarship to the Oklahoma State University rodeo team but decided to start his own trucking company instead. He graduated from Hominy high school in 1956 and was honored to receive a ceremonial blanket from a member the Osage Nation Indian tribe. He was baptized at First Baptist Church in Cleveland, OK.
Woody entered the Army National Guard and worked his way up to Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in 1966. One of his favorite memories is traveling around California caring for and transporting Ben Johnson’s horses for his movies. He was delighted to see what happened behind the camera of his beloved Westerns. Later in life he loved to rewatch these movie and reminiscence. Woody also carried on his passion for rodeo in life by attending the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on multiple occasions with his wife and daughter.
On September 4, 1987, Woody was united in marriage to Dixie Kay Wilcoxson-Horn in Hominy, Oklahoma. They made their home south of Cleveland, Oklahoma. The couple enjoyed traveling together and have many happy memories of summer vacations with their daughter. They cherished having their morning cup of coffee together, and even when Dixie was away working, he would call her at 5 am to have coffee on the phone together.
Woody was an accomplished pool player who participated in and won tournaments at various locations across the US. He enjoyed teaching the younger members of his family this sport. Every fall Woodrow could be found with his daughter cheering on his beloved OU football team. He was also known for his pride in his lawn.
He retired and sold off his company in 2004. The couple then relocated to Prattville, Oklahoma.
Survivors include his wife Dixie of the home, daughter Susan Horn-Mathews and her husband Ellwyn of Dallas, Texas; siblings Norma Clift of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Jack Linville of Fair Play, Missouri. Woody was preceded in death by his parents Woodrow and Bessie Linville; brothers Louis Linville and Dean Linville and sisters Louse McCray and Rosemary Burton.
Private family services were held at 10:30 am, Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Chapman-Black Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Dixie-Bear Creek Cemetery. Chapman-Black Funeral Home oversaw the arrangements. Friends and family may visit an online guest book and memorial page for Woody at

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Friday, May 29, 2020

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