Billy E. Johnson, 72, of Bedford, joined his faithful hounds in heaven on Nov. 13, 2014. He was born Feb. 23, 1942 in Bedford to the late Osby B. and Verna A. Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Bryant. Left to cherish his memories are his sons, Michael Johnson of Bedford and Barry Johnson and wife, Sonja of Vine Grove, KY. In addition, he is survived by one grandchild, Ashley Goodman and husband, Pat, and great-grandchild Aiden Matthew Coyle of Bardstown, KY; brother, Cecil B. Johnson and wife, Elsie of Bedford; sisters, Anna Whalen and husband, Bob of Goode, Phyllis Smith and Sammy of Rustburg; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He retired after 30 years of service with Babcock & Wilcox, Naval Nuclear Fuel Division of Lynchburg, and then worked another 10 years at Southern States of Bedford. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Bedford Lodge #1897. Dad loved his animals and could field the best pack of beagles in the state. He was an avid gardener and would help anyone without having to be asked. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that those wishing to make memorials consider the Friends of Lynchburg Hematology & Oncology, Attention Shirley Morris, 1701 Thomson Drive, Suite 200, Lynchburg, VA 24501 or the
, 2050 Langhorne Road, Suite 201, Lynchburg, VA 24501. The family also wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. John L. MacNeill Jr., Dr. Angela Brady and staff at the Alan B. Pearson Lynchburg Hematology and Oncology Clinic, and Jasmine Franklin, Vicky Littles and staff of Liberty Ridge Health and Rehab. Graveside services was conducted on Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 at 2 PM at the Timber Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Holdren officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2014