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William Leroy "Lee" Tribble


Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

202 Maple Ave., Oak Hill, Ohio 45656

(p) 740-682-6696

William Leroy "Lee" Tribble, age 70, of Oak Hill, passed away in his home peacefully on February 11, 2023. He was born August 12, 1952, in Fostoria, Ohio, to the late Bella (Parsons) and Charles Tribble.

After high school and being a little ornery in his younger days, William enrolled in the United States Army, proudly serving from 1969 to 1972. After the Army William found himself in Toledo, Ohio doing landscaping until he moved to Jackson County Ohio, where he and his brother, Samuel (Bo) Tribble would enroll and complete auto mechanics at Buckeye Hills Career Center in Rio Grande, Ohio. After this, William would meet his amazing wife, Betty Jean (Simpson) and seven kids that he would take in like his own without hesitation. William and Betty would spend the next 37 years together, adding three more children to their family in Oak Hill. William also has another daughter from a much earlier relationship, Melissa (Carter) Yocum, of Venice, IN. In addition to Melissa, William’s children consist of Watika Jean (Delbert) Puckett, of Chillicothe, Ohio, Polly Ann (Gene) Tribble, Elisa Lynn (Anthony) Nolan, and William Jr. (Kattie) Tribble, all of Oak Hill; six stepchildren, Keith Allen Puckett, Dale Lee (Michelle) Puckett, Tammy (Dale) Smith, Tony Lee Puckett, Franklin (Rayanna) Puckett, all of Oak Hill, and Diana Lynn (Larry) Glass, of McArthur, Ohio; 22 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, William is preceded in death by his sisters, Virginia (Tina) Staton and Sharon Adams; brother, Samuel (Bo) Tribble; and stepson, Keith Allen Puckett.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 5-8 PM at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2023, at the funeral home with Donna Wedemeyer officiating. Burial will follow in C.M. Cemetery. Military funeral honors will be conducted by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 45 of Jackson and the U.S. Army. Online condolences may be sent to


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