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Robert J. Billings Army Sergeant Robert John Billings, 30, is present with his Lord and Savior after he made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for his country in Afghanistan on October 13, 2012. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Born in Ventura, California, he was the son of Kelly Eugene Billings and Hope Lea Smith Billings of Amarillo, TX. Robert was a member of The House of Prayer in Clarksville, VA. He loved life, enjoyed people, and valued his family and friends. He was a dedicated an intuitive soldier. A Memorial Service, with Military Honors, will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 1725 Rockspring Church Road, Townsville, NC 27584. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Christy Lynn Tilghman Riley Billings, two daughters, Kaili Marie Billings and Naomi Grace Billings; two sons, Isaiah Luke Billings and Elijah Cameron Billings; two sisters, Heather Billings of Albuquer-que, NM and Deleina B. Wilcox, of Mesa, AZ; a brother, Chad Billings of Clovis, NM; his maternal grandparents, Inez and Johnny Smith of Oxnard, CA; and his paternal grandparents, Kelly Eugene and Elaine Billings of Newaygo, MI; and many aunts, uncles, and extended family. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the home of Lou and Tootsie Tilghman, 842 Antioch Church Road, Clarksville, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the USO, P.O. Box 93622, Washington, DC 20090-6322; or to the American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter, 4737 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707. Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home, Henderson, NC.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Oct. 24, 2012
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