November 9, 1929 -
November 18, 2013
Phenix City, AL- On Monday November 18, 2013, William A. "Billy" Estes of Phenix City, AL passed away peacefully at Gentiva Hospice in Columbus, GA.
Billy was born on November 9, 1929, in Centerville, AL, to the late Berry F. Estes and Katie Stocks Estes.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 61 years, Velma Lee Estes. Children Marcelline Johnson of Phenix City, AL, son, Johnny A. (Gayle) Estes of Okeechobee, FL and son, Terry L. Estes of Okeechobee, FL. Grandchildren, Michael D. (Christina) Hammond of Parsons, TN, Catrina M. Hammond of Phenix City, AL, Keith D. Estes of Okeechobee, FL and Kevin C. (Marcella) Estes of Okeechobee, FL. Great Granddaughter Abigale R. Hammond of Parsons, TN and Great Grandsons, Matthew, Elliot and Zane Prater. As well as 6 Great Great Grandchildren.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Robert Estes, sister Joyce Ann Seaman and son Todd T. Estes.
Billy entered the United States Army on March 11, 1948 at Ft. Jackson, SC. Originally in the drum and bugle corp. and he went on to become a Tandem Rotor Helicopter Mechanic. His duty stations were located in Michigan, Germany, Ft. Eustis, VA, Ft. Wainwright, AK, 2 tours of duty in Vietnam and finally reaching retirement after more than 20 years of service at Ft. Benning, GA on July 31, 1968.
Billy was an avid fisherman and would stop to fish anywhere he found a good fishin' hole. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and working flea-markets with his beautiful wife Velma.
Funeral services with full military honors will be held at 11:00 am EST, on Friday, November 22, 2013, at Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City. Interment will follow at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery and the family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 at the funeral home.
Flowers welcome or you may send contributions in Billy's honor to Gentiva Hospice, Columbus, GA.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Nov. 20, 2013