O. W. Billingsley

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O. W. Billingsley Obituary
O. W. Billingsley 1926 - 2012 O. W. Billingsley was born November 23, 1926 in Carroll County, Summerfield, Mississippi to parents Genie Billingsley and Willie Mae Glover Billingsley, both who preceded him in death. O. W. was the oldest of four children born to his parents and was his Father's second born child. On December 1, 2012 O. W. passed away and went to his heavenly home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ and other loved ones who have gone on before him. O. W. married the love of his life, Rosie Lee Amos on December 23, 1948. To this union seven children were born. Six children were born in Mississippi and the seventh child was born in Bakersfield and died a few days after her birth. O. W. and Rosie Lee celebrated 57 years of marriage together until Rosie passed away August 2005. He loved being with his family - family gatherings were important to him. Most of all he loved the Lord. O. W. was preceded in death by his wife Rosie Lee, son O. W. Jr., daughter Brenda Carol, grandson Michael Hodges, son-in-law Carlos E. Smith, parents Genie and Willie Mae, sisters Neva Powell and Eva Starling. Left to cherish the memories and the love of this strong man are his Children; Marjorie Smith, Jo Ann Hodges, Barbara Weston and husband Dave, Donell and wife Sandra, Robert and wife Dorothy, all of Bakersfield 15 Grandchildren 25 Great-grandchildren Brothers Percy Billingsley and wife Lola (Bakersfield) and Elmus Billingsley and wife Melbert (Vallejo, CA) Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws from Bakersfield and across the nation, as well as a host of friends. O. W. will be deeply loved and missed by all who knew him. Viewing will be held on Friday 7th from 1-5 p.m and visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m at Jesse. E. Cooleys Jr. Chapel. Services will be held on Saturday 8th at 11:00 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 1407 E. Brundage Ln. Interment will follow at Union Cemetary. Jesse E. Cooley Jr. Funeral Service www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 7, 2012
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