Larry Wayne Billings
1952 - 2012
Larry Wayne Billings passed away on Monday, October 29, 2012, at his home in Conway, Ark.
He was born on July 11, 1952, in Linton, Indiana, to Nora and David Billings.
Larry was a member of First Baptist Church in Worthington, Indiana. Larry spent his teen years and adult life in Arkansas. He graduated from McClellan High School in 1970. After High School he attended university at Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway where he received his degree in History, making teaching his career for the next 25 years. During these early years he also managed Willow Springs Pool and Roller Rink in Little Rock, later purchasing his first Roller Rink in Little Rock. In 1984 he moved to Conway where he continued teaching until 1999. In 1981 he purchased the Roller Rink and worked as a Teacher during the day and providing a safe and fun environment for many families and children in Conway during the evening and weekends. Working both jobs, he found time to study and received his Master's Degree in Education in 1982. Larry was Larry…unpretentious, bigger than life, always willing to help, and enjoying his recent retirement participating in pool tournaments, spending time with his family and friends. Larry above all cared for and deeply loved his wife and children and served as a fatherly role model for the families and children of the community.
He is survived by his wife, Lavenia Billings; parents, Nora and David Billings; brother, David; sister, Regina (Ed); his daughters, Alicia and Kristen; sons, Matthew, Michael, Talor, Tyler; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; stepsons, Vincent Bell from Atlanta, Ga., Ra Mina Mirmortazavi from Corpus Christi, Texas, Ronald Bell from Little Rock, Ark.; and his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Family will be greeting friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m., Monday, November 5, 2012, at True Holiness Saints Center, 198 Highway 286 E., Conway, AR 72032.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at Antioch Baptist Church, 150 Amity Road, Conway, AR 72032.
The family has requested donations to Victims of Violent Crimes be made in Larry's name instead of flowers.
Service entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 West 29th LR, AR 72204, 501-660-4323.
Published by Log Cabin Democrat from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, 2012.
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To Mr. Billings family and many friends
No matter the time or years, the memories he left will always be cherished
Tears may still fall from time to time
Laugh as you look back over the many joyful moments. And as your kids and grandkids grow share the amazing memories of Mr. Billings with them
Anna Jackson
October 26, 2019
May 5, 2013
So sorry for your loss; may you eventually find the answers you seek to find. The Word says, speaker of believers, that "to be absent from here is to be present with the Lord"; may those words comfort you in your time of grief. T.Walla (Clouette).
November 16, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
brandon shaffer
November 7, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you all! I had known Larry for over 25 years. He was a good friend, man , employer and a father! He had a heart of gold! He will truely be missed!
November 7, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family. Was on the same Monday night pool team and will be missed.
November 6, 2012
Kristen you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Larry was always so nice to all my kids and treated them like family. He will be greatly missed. Larry touched so many lives and he will always be remembered as a loving,caring and wonderful man.
Staci Konrad-Broach
November 6, 2012
Mr Billings was the kindest and funniest teacher I ever had. I remember him talking about the skating rink at Willow Springs even though it was gone by the time I started going to Willow Springs. He had a passion for life and made our time in his class very enjoyable. My condolences to the family.
Sheila Bingham
November 6, 2012
I would like very much to express my deepest condolence to the family. I have known all of you for so many years and I really do think of you guys as my extended family. As I recently experienced the loss of my Mother I know what you are going through. Just rememberthat this is not goodbye forever. You will see Larry again. I love you all and my prayers are with you.
Karen/ Caleb McPherson/Higdon
November 6, 2012
Larry still cant believe your gone. I remember back in the days when the skating rink would be the place to be. Everyone you knew would be there or the lock out nights would be so crowded that you couldnt walk thru. Im going to miss you dearly and will ALWAYS rememer you. love aka annabanna as you would call me.
Anna Meeks (warrior)
November 6, 2012
To my cousins Tyler and Taylor, sorry for your lost and we will continue to keep you and your family in our prayer
Dorothy/Lester Piggee
November 5, 2012
I have known Larry for many many years...he has always been very special in my heart and in the hearts of so many that have had the pleasure to be graced with his presence! He will be dearly missed, I hope you all find peace in your heart and know that there is a wonderful Angel in Heaven smiling down on you all! God Bless!
November 5, 2012
My prayers for Larry's family and the generations of extended family that he developed through his involvement in the community. I hadn't seen Larry in years, but he was a huge part of my younger years growing up in Conway. I spent several years going to Conway Roller Rink every weekend, 3 times a week. He was a wonderful person, and I will always remember him fondly and as my father figure during my teenage years. Rest in peace Larry, I will never forget you.
Christina Hamilton
November 5, 2012
Larry was so kind to everyone and always had a smile for you. This all seems so surreal and unbelievable. May the Lord of all be with the families during these difficult times. And may justice prevail.You will never be forgotten by decades of kids whom you nurtured at the rink or by me.
Marilyn Hardisty
November 5, 2012
Just want to offer my condolences too you all. For comfort, look to God he got it for strength God is there to give you that strength day or night when you feel down and sad just think about the joy and memories your love one left behind. So family cry if must be mad cause you have lost a father,husband,grandfather,uncle,brother and a man that stood in to help many but REMEMBER YOU WILL SEE HIM AGAIN. FROM MY FAMILY THE JACKSON TO YOURS PRAYING FOR YOU ALL
Anna Jackson
November 5, 2012
My prayers go out to Larry's family. I remember how kind and fun he was when we'd bring school groups to the Skating Rink for good behavior parties. He was always so accommadating and generous. I also enjoyed bringing my own children there when they were younger. Rest in peace, Larry, and may your family somehow find peace.
Sue Farris
November 4, 2012
Larry you will be missed so bad. You meant alot to me you were like a second dad with me always at the rink and you made it so fun I never wanted to miss a day you were open . My prayers are with your family I know their hearts are broken.
Tina Spencer (Blankenship)
November 4, 2012
Rest in peace Larry. You were a good pool player & you were always nice to me, & I thank you for that. I pray justice for you will prevail.
Lisa Henderson-Major
November 4, 2012
Scotty Thorpe
November 4, 2012
Such a great loss & such a wonderful man. You will be surely missed Larry & my condolescenses go way out to your family in this time. Playing league will never be the same with out your presence. I hope your kindness carries on thru everyone for ever.
Tobi Jones
November 4, 2012
Larry was good friend and competitor always enjoyed playing pool with him.RIP Larry will be missed
Rusty Stephens
November 4, 2012
I am so sad that Larry's is no longer with us, he was a good kid and grew in to a well respected leader. I will always be proud that he accepted me as a friend.
Wayne Ratliff
November 3, 2012
May you rest eternally with our LORD JESUS CHRIST. We will miss you. Gone but not forgotten.
James Long
November 3, 2012
You are missed by so many people. You were so caring and helped everyone that you could. You watched the kids at the rink as if they were your own, and kept everyone safe and had fun at the same time. I can't believe that you're gone Larry. The rink will be so different without you. You touched so many people's life's and will never be forgotten. R.I.P Larry
Morgan Pate
November 3, 2012
Condolences to Larry's family, still in shock from this news, much love!
Brian Whitson
November 3, 2012
Larry, this pains me terribly. You've been a father to my brother and I for the past 7-8 years. And I appreciate what our relationship beholded. You will be missed. Love you dearly.
Torrin Wilkerson
November 2, 2012
My prayers are for the family of this kind man. When my children were younger we fellowships with many friends at the roller rink. Larry was alway helpful, accommodating beyond what was asked, and a pleasure to be around. He worked hard but took the time to visit with his customers. I pray the Lord will comfort his family.
November 2, 2012
You will be missed Larry. You were so nice to everyone, and cared about everybody. I wish R.I.P meant return if possible.
Maddy Pate And Emily Brown
November 2, 2012
You were a great man and will be missed by everyone. Gone but never forgoten. Roll in paradise!!!
Emily Brown
November 2, 2012
May God give peace to your family we entrusted our children and grandchildren to you just dropped them off at the skating rink and knew they were safe. I know GOd has a special reward for you in heaven I won't say rest in peace I say enjoy eternal life in heaven
Ann Lee
November 2, 2012
Loved your smiles and hugs every summer when I brought my daycare kids skating. Our conversations will be deeply missed, your positive attitude and love for life was definitely contagious! Your love for your family was evident everytime you spoke of them your eyes sparkled and your face lite up! Enjoy your new adventure!
Tina Stapleton
November 2, 2012
My Condolences and Prayers goes out to Larry Billings family during this time of distress. We can find encouragement from the bible to help cope with the loss of our loved one Philippians 4:6-7.
November 2, 2012
Mr. Billings was my 11th Grade English Teacher. He was a very cool and easy to get along with kind of guy. He was one of my favorite teachers and I'm very sorry that he lost his life so young and in such a manor as he did. RIP Mr. Billings
Scott Pennington
November 2, 2012
God bless you, Larry, and your wonderful family and many friends. You were an amazing man, a wonderful father and person with a heart of gold. Love and prayers for you and your family. You will be deeply missed.
Jaye Powers
November 2, 2012
i grew up at that rink and thought the world of him i will miss him
todd purdy
November 2, 2012
Larry, you were such a great man and always helped whoever needed it. You are missed by many, but will never be forgotten. Roll in paradise.
Maddy Pate
November 2, 2012
You will be deeply missed, you were always so kind, funny and always smiling, you not only gave me and my family when growing up a fun place to come and skate but, also my children when I grew up, they adore u as were a amazing friend..,
Rhonda Robison/collins
November 2, 2012
We knew Larry as a dedicated pool player. If he wasn't playing league,he would be a Krome Billiards practicing all by himself. He never had a mean word to say to or about anyone and he will be missed by so many people. Our prayers go out to his family.
Becky and Eddie
November 2, 2012
dad,this is your son talor billings,we will always miss you,you will always blessed by all of relatives.Dad you were the best father in the world! Whereever you are you will be watching for us.ALSO dad im trying out for basketball thats what you would wanted me to do.I will love you forever.
Talor Wayne BIllings
November 2, 2012
tylor and taylor we are so sorry about your dad and hope that you know if you need any thing to please let us know.
Chris & Alissa Delph (caleb and Derek
Carson Petruccelli
alissa delph
November 2, 2012
Larry, You will be missed
Pat Johnson
November 2, 2012
Larry was like a part of our family. He always gave our children something to do at the skating rink to keep them off the streets. Larry was very kind to our family at all times. Brandy and Jessy was like his family they would volunteer to show the younger children how to skate. Larry will be missed. May God be with his family through these hard times.
Eddie Southall
November 2, 2012
You will be missed
elizabeth reynolds
November 2, 2012
going to miss you larry
blake payne
November 2, 2012
prayers go out to the family sorry for your loss he was like a dad to everyone he will be missed
wendy payne
November 2, 2012
My prayers are with the family, Larry was loved and will be missed by many. The Lisa Rushing Family
Lisa Rushing
November 1, 2012
much love and prayers to his family,,LARRY was a great man,and a extended hand of a father role to meany,my self from the pool in little rock,to the skateing rink in conway..was there for so meany,had a big heart..miss him..wont be the same with him gone...prayer to you all in this hard time of need... he will alwaysbe biger than life,,heaven got a great man,true,and love for all..
denise grissom-griffin
November 1, 2012
All my Love and All our sympathy to Mrs Billings and their family. May God Bless and give you strength through out all your oain and sorrows. Love All at KAES in Corpus Christi, Texas
Eleanor Evans
November 1, 2012
gone but not forgoten a conway Icon
gary smith
November 1, 2012
so sorry this had to happen to such a great person. Larry will be greatly missed in our community!
Nicole Walton
November 1, 2012
November 1, 2012
Larry will be missed dearley. He was a friend. kristen horne my daughter would say if she could how much she loved larry. he was a father figure and mentor. Thank u larry for all your love and advise. May the family no that u are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
julie horne
November 1, 2012
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