Billy Gene Hudlow, 89, of Shawnee, passed away Jan. 23, 2017.

Billy Gene Hudlow, 89, of Shawnee, passed away Jan. 23, 2017.

He was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Muskogee to Joe and Mary Hudlow.

Bill was a fun loving guy and loved to sing country music with his band, Bill Hudlow and the Western Playboys. He served his country for two years in the Navy. He owned and operated a used car business, but his career was training race horses. He bred and trained Appaloosa Horses. “Navajo Britches” was the National Grand Champion in 1958 and a statue, painted like Navajo Britches can be found in front of Joe Cooper Ford. Bill was known throughout the country for his Appaloosa Horses and even has his own chapter in a book, Spotted Pride.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters: Ernestine Gravley and Sue Scott.

He is survived by his son, David Hudlow and wife, Terri; grandson, Daniel Judkins; brother, Dean Hudlow; sister, Bettye Carlston; significant other, Eva Kellog; and extened family and friends.

Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at Resthaven Funeral Home with Richard Gay officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.