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Howard Ray Billings

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Born 5-12-1945 -- Died 5-31-2005

Howard Ray Billings, 60, of Viola, Ark., son of the late Leonard and Opal McMannis Billings, was born May 12, 1945, in Viola. He died May 31, 2005, at his home in Viola.

He was united in marriage to Sue Batterton on March 26, 1966, at Viola and to this union two daughters were born.

He served his country in the United States Marine Corps serving in Vietnam and earning four Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars.

He was a farmer and a tax accountant. He was a member of the VFW Post 9777 and the American Legion. He was a Christian.

Survivors include his wife, Sue, of the family home; his daughters -- and sons-in-law -- Shelly and Cris Newberry, and Lynn and David Martin, all of Viola; his sister, Linda Billings of Viola; his grandchildren -- Shira and Sadie; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers -- Carl and Gary Billings and his father and mother.

Graveside services were held June 4 at Flora Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of the Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem, Ark.