Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 16, 2014

Earl E. “Jack” Billips

HARTWELL — Earl E. “Jack” Billips, age 78 of Hartwell, WV died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at his home. Born November 21, 1935 at Hartwell, WV he was a son of the late Earl and Annie Sizemore Billips.

Jack was a proud Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars while serving in the US Marines and the US Army as a Military Police and was a member of the Barns Beavers VFW Post #7136 of Tazewell, VA. During his military career, he was stationed at numerous military bases, throughout the world. After retirement from the military, he worked in law enforcement and as a local business owner.

Jack excelled in playing baseball in the local coal camp leagues as well as in Japan while serving in the US Marines. He was also active in local bowling leagues.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Billips; sister, Reva Lowrance; and father in law, Earl Young.

He will be loving remembered by his wife of 33 years, Joyce Young Billips; five sons, Paul Billips and wife, Dorothy of Canebrake, WV, Douglas Billips and wife, Joyce of St. Petersburg, FL, Jason Billips and wife, Stephanie of Ft. Myers, FL, Joshua Billips and wife, Chessie of the home, and Jonathon Billips of the home; one daughter, Jacqueline Billips of Canebrake, WV; ten grandchildren, Sirius and Kerrigan Billips of the home, Stephanie Billips, Douglas Billips, Jade Billips, Logan Yost, Zachery Muncy, Cameron Mitchell, Matthew Marshall, Jacob Marshall, and a grandchild, due in September; two brothers, Jessie Billips and wife, Isabelle of Canebrake, WV and Terry Billips of Hartwell, WV; two sisters, Freda Phillips and husband, Charles of Princeton, WV and Carol Karnes of  North Tazewell, VA and special friend, Conway Hutton; mother in law, Rosie Young of Hartwell, WV; three brothers in law, Earl Young and wife, Lynn of Hartwell, WV, John Young and wife, Shirley of Murfreesboro, TN, and James Young of Canebrake, WV; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA with Minister Conway Hutton officiating. Burial will follow at Hartwell Cemetery in Hartwell, WV where military graveside rites will be conducted by members of the Barns Beavers VFW Post #7136 of Tazewell, VA and VA National Guard Team of Gate City, VA. Pallbearers will be Chris Lowrance, Wayne Billips, Lacy Burks, Jessie Horne, Jim Sizemore, and George “Bucky” Dunford. Honorary pallbearers are Lonnie Johnson, Fred Gayness, and Tommy Fox.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 - 9 PM Monday, June 16, 2014.

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