Howard James Billingsley
1936 - 2013
Howard James Billingsley, beloved father, husband and volunteer, died Jan 19, 2013, in Payson. He was born in May 20, 1936 in Phoenix.
He met his sweetheart when they were 14, and when they began dating three years later, a romance that lasted six decades began. Together they raised three children and had many adventures motorcycling, camping and hunting in the mountains or boating at the lake.
The couple raised their family where Mr. Billingsley was the assistant volunteer fire chief, Little League umpire and Boy Scout leader.
Mr. Billingsley retired from Asarco as a front line supervisor for the open pit mine. A member of the York Rite Body in Winslow, he was a Master of the White Mountain Masonic Lodge #3 in Globe and a four-time Master of the Ray-Winkelman Masonic Lodge #24 in Kearny.
He was also an AARP tax preparer, an inspector of precincts for the Gila County Election Board, and a Mogollon Health Alliance volunteer.
Mr. Billingsley is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley Billingsley; children, Karen (Rich) Thomas of Winslow, Sandy Billingsley of Florence and Ken (Teresa) Billingsley of Mesa; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Torres (Mateo Lawrence), Marco Torres (Stephanie), Carmen Alonzo (Tony), Patrick Thomas (Anna), Dorothy Bryer (Eric), Michelle Thomas, Matthew Simpson (Carley), Katie Billingsley, Eric Billingsley and Kendra Paynter; and six great-grandchildren, Tallon Simpson, Lilly and Lexi Torres, Santana Lawrence, Xavier Alonzo and Josiah Paynter. He is also survived by his sister, June Jacobs; niece, Kathy Fears; and nephews, Mike Jacobs and Ron Ulshoffer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Rose Billingsley.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at Ray-Winkelman Lodge #24, 318 Fairhaven in Kearny, and at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at Payson Masonic Lodge #70, 200 E. Rancho Road.
Donations in Mr. Billingsley’s name may be made to Hospice Compassus or the Humane Society of Central Arizona.