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Billy G. Strong

CARROLLTON - Billy Gardiner Strong, 91, passed away Monday, 12/2/13, after a brief illness. Born in Birmingham, AL, 2/2/22, he was the son of the late Elisha H. and Mary Frances Gardiner Strong. He had lived in Isle of Wight County since 2007. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 71 years, Ruby Lee Strong Strong; his daughter Carol Weidman and her husband; , his sons Billy Gene Strong and Robert Arthur Strong and their wives; six grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bobby Eugene Strong in Florida and James Edwin Strong in Alabama. He is eagerly awaited in Heaven by his mother Mary Francis, his father Elisha Hugh, his brother Hugh Allison, and his infant son Raymond Lee. Billy joined the army at the age of 17 and was first stationed in Camp Blanding before being transferred to Camp Bowie, Texas. He first met Ruby Lee Strong and married her in 1942. He, then, transferred overseas where he joined the 29th Infantry Division in England. On "D" Day, Billy landed on Omaha beach and continued there until the end of WWII . He was awarded 5 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and a number of Campaign awards. On June 30, 1961 he retired from the US Army. In his retirement, Billy was a gentleman farmer. He was a Lay Leader in the United Methodist Church and served his local church until age 85. He lived until the ripe old age of 91 and was vigorous and ruling the roost until the very end. Memorial services will be held 11:am, 12/6/13 at the Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, with Rev. Becky Gwaltney and Rev. Leon Basham officiating. Inurnment will follow in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 pm, with full military honors. He and Ruby have reserved a place there where she can watch the birds. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude's Research Hospital, 301 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA

Published in Daily Press on Dec. 4, 2013
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