Stillwater venue founder Bill Bloodworth passed away March 7 after battling cancer. He was 71.
Bloodworth opened Willie’s Saloon, 323 S Washington Street, on November 19, 1974. Garth Brooks played some of his first shows at Willie’s in 1983 and played there regularly from 1985 to 1987.
It was also home to acts like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Brandon Jenkins, No Justice, Red Dirt Rangers, Jimmy LaFave, Chuck Dunlap, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers and many more.
Bloodworth sold Willie’s to Del Farmer in 1998. Bloodworth and his wife Karen also opened Bill’s Italian Restaurant in 1964.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, March 17 at Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oklahoma State University Botanical Garden and Arboretum in Stillwater.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.