Eggleston, Billy

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Billy J. Eggleston REIDSVILLE "Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what's to be, A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all are meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay. Our destination is a place, Far greater than we know, For some the journey's quicker, For some the journey's slow. And when the journey finally ends, We'll claim a great reward, And find an everlasting peace, Together with the Lord." Author Unknown The earthly journey of Billy J. Eggleston, of Reidsville, NC, ended Sunday, January 5, 2014, in the Rockingham Hospice Facility after a brief illness. The family will received visitors at the home of Tony Childrey, 727 Mt. Carmel Church Rd., Reidsville, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. A graveside service will be held at Lakeview Memorial Park, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 3p.m. Mr. Eggleston was born in Spray, NC, March 27, 1926 to James Clay and Celia McKee Dean Eggleston. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran. After his service to our country, he was an employee of the American Tobacco Company in Reidsville, NC, for 40 years. Upon his retirement, he attended Rockingham Community College and obtained a GED. Generosity most defined Billy Eggleston. He was a selfless son to his parents. Even as his elderly mother was in failing health he always had a smile and kind word for her. He was known among friends and acquaintances as a good and kind man. He enjoyed taking long walks when his health permitted it. He loved music especially the old tunes and hymns. After retirement he took organ lessons and loved to play and sing. Billy Eggleston was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Eggleston Childrey and her husband, Carl Thomas Childrey Jr.; his brother, Elbert Dean Eggleston; and his nephew, Michael Thomas Childrey. He is survived by his nephew, Anthony Harold Childrey and wife, Colleen Pennington Childrey, of Reidsville, NC; his niece, Phyllis Eggleston Struck and husband, Herbert Allan Struck, of Wichita Falls, TX; his nephew, Phillip Dean Eggleston of Wichita Falls, TX; his nephew, Stephen Mark Eggleston and wife, Patricia Ruble Eggleston, of San Antonio, TX; and sister-in-law, Lois June Phillips Eggleston of Wichita Falls, TX. He is also survived by great-nieces, Nicole Struck Ritter, Justina Eggleston Osteen, Alicia Mary Eggleston, and Tabitha Noel Childrey. Surviving great-nephews are Wesley Allan Struck, Jordan David Eggleston, Seth Thomas Childrey, Jared James Childrey, and Isaac Luke Childrey. He is survived by numerous great-great-nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at Highgrove Assisted Living Facility in Reidsville, NC, for making his later years comfortable and the Rockingham Hospice Facility for providing care in his final days. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilkersonfuneral.com.

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