Vernon Billingsley age 91 made his transition on Saturday August 19, 2017 at Methodist Northlake Hospital. He was born to the late Walter and Mittie Billingsley on May 9, 1926 in Marion Alabama and was baptized at an early age at the Springhill Baptist Church in Marion, Alabama. He later became a member of the Greater Grace Baptist Church. Vernon married Pearlie Mae Perry in 1946 and to this union 7 sons were born. In 1951 he moved to Gary, IN and worked 39 years and 9 months at U. S. Steele #3 Sinter Plant. Preceded in death by parents, 2 sons Vernon Jr. and Macon Billingsley; three brothers Walter, Macon and Eddie Billingsley; sister Marva Cook. Vernon leaves to cherish his fond memories loving and devoted wife of 71 years Pealie Mae Billingsley; sons Raymond , Gary ( Phyllis) , and Tyrone Billingsley of Texas, Barry (Finnetta), Robert (Shelia) of Indiana, sister-in-law Arlene Billingsley of Alabama ; Godson Keith Wilson; 14 grandchildren ; 15 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members. Visitation Tuesday August 29, 2017 from 9-11:00a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:00a.m. all services at Greater Grace Church 269 West 57th Avenue Merrillville, Indiana.Pastor Rodney C. Griffin Officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.