Peter Harvey Belisle
“Pete” Belisle was born in rural Morris, and graduated from Morris Public Schools. Music became a vital part of his life early on. He sang with his brothers Eugene, Hubert and Mike in quartets and achieved the honor of All State Band his senior year of high school.
Pete attended one year of college. He served in the Air Force during WWII and afterwards worked briefly at Public Service Company. At that time, he decided he wanted to “work for himself”, and entered the oil and gas business, coupled with land holdings. He began to secure finances for his endeavors by selling scrap steel from the family farm. He became an expert in analyzing sands and water floods. He learned the oil business from the ground up and even designed and built his own oil-water separator. Pete worked and prospered in and around the Morris area well into his ninety-fifth year.
During those years, he continued to care for his parents M.M. Belisle and Elva Belisle and pursue his musical interests in Morris, Okmulgee and Tulsa, where he moved in the 1970’s. He directed and performed (vocally and instrumentally) at Trinity Baptist in Morris, Asbury Methodist Church, South Tulsa Baptist Church, Wednesday Morning Music Club (Okmulgee) with a Dixieland band, and with TU Civic Shows, to name a few.
Pete married Pattie Woolard in 1977. When she passed away in 2006, Pete married Cordia Sharp on his ninetieth birthday. Both Pattie and Cordia were musically talented and Pattie’s son, Dr. Kent Woolard, and Pete’s dear friend, Dr. Stephen Goforth, orchestrated several of the hymns Pete wrote. Pete was very proud of that.
Pete’s Christian faith was important to him and in 2016 he was baptized into membership of the church he and Cordia attended regularly: South Tulsa Baptist Church.
Along with music and his church, Morris and its vicinity remained of greatest importance. Most of his oil and gas interests were there, the old home place was there and most importantly, his friends were there. He went there, sometimes several times per week; to conduct business, see his friends (some, erstwhile golfing buddies) and, of course, tell jokes and reflect upon the political issues of the day. Every Memorial Day he was at the Morris Cemetery with a trunkful of flowers to decorate the graves of his many family members.
He will be missed.
He is survived by: his wife, Cordia Belisle; nieces: Becky Cook and husband, John of Snellville, Ga., Carla Belisle and Judy Belisle both of Oklahoma City, Marti Ramsdell and husband, Nick of Yukon, Beverly McVey and husband, Sidney of Sapulpa, Mary Beth Roper of Austin, Texas, Karyn Khoussinov and husband, Rustam of San Marcos, Texas; nephews: David Belisle and wife, Trice of Hoschton, Ga. and Richard Belisle of Altimar, N.Y.; step-son, Dr. Kent Woolard and wife, Ann; stepdaughter, Cheryl Haigh and husband, Mike of Bethany; stepson, Steve Sharp and wife, Julie of Norwalk, Conn.; step-son, Bill Sharp and wife, Rebecca of Okmulgee.
Services to honor and celebrate Pete’s life will be 12 noon on Friday, November 9, 2018, at South Tulsa Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. Family suggests memorial donations be gifted to either: South Tulsa Baptist Church or Trinity Baptist, Morris.