Barry Billings Obituary (2023) – Elizabethtown, KY

Barry Basil Billings, 85, of Elizabethtown, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2023.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army after a distinguished military career that included a tour of duty in Vietnam and service in many places including South Korea, Germany, Maryland, Michigan, Kansas, Georgia and Fort Knox, where he served as provost marshal. While serving his country, he earned various awards including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Ranger TAB and Senior Parachutist. Upon his retirement from the Army, he spent 20 years in the private sector working first for Taylor Drugs and then Humana.

Barry graduated from Owego Free Academy, Owego, New York, in 1956 and earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Michigan State University in 1960 and 1973, respectively. He was active with the Retired Military Police Officers Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, Col. John Hardin Chapter, and was for many years a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown.

Barry was an avid reader, painter, puzzle enthusiast and a sharp Boggle and chess player. He also was someone his family always knew they could count on. He lived the values he developed as an Eagle Scout, including being loyal, helpful, trustworthy and kind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Dorothy Billings; and by his loving wife of 53 years, Joan Eastman Billings.

Barry is survived by his three children, Gabrielle Billings (Graham), and Barry Brad Billings (Aiysha), all of Louisville, and Sabrina Billings (Jesse) of Hanover, New Hampshire; along with his seven grandchildren, Karim, Luke, Leo, Ace, Mariam, Augustus and Juniper. He also is survived by his sister, Barbara Wilson of Owego, New York; and his three nephews George, Chuck and Bill Wilson.

There will be a celebration of his life on at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. Barry will be laid to rest next to Joan in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at brownfuneral.com.Barry Basil Billings, 85, of Elizabethtown, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2023.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army after a distinguished military career that included a tour of duty in Vietnam and service in many places including South Korea, Germany, Maryland, Michigan, Kansas, Georgia and Fort Knox, where he served as provost marshal. While serving his country, he earned various awards including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Ranger TAB and Senior Parachutist. Upon his retirement from the Army, he spent 20 years in the private sector working first for Taylor Drugs and then Humana.

Barry graduated from Owego Free Academy, Owego, New York, in 1956 and earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Michigan State University in 1960 and 1973, respectively. He was active with the Retired Military Police Officers Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, Col. John Hardin Chapter, and was for many years a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown.

Barry was an avid reader, painter, puzzle enthusiast and a sharp Boggle and chess player. He also was someone his family always knew they could count on. He lived the values he developed as an Eagle Scout, including being loyal, helpful, trustworthy and kind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Dorothy Billings; and by his loving wife of 53 years, Joan Eastman Billings.

Barry is survived by his three children, Gabrielle Billings (Graham), and Barry Brad Billings (Aiysha), all of Louisville, and Sabrina Billings (Jesse) of Hanover, New Hampshire; along with his seven grandchildren, Karim, Luke, Leo, Ace, Mariam, Augustus and Juniper. He also is survived by his sister, Barbara Wilson of Owego, New York; and his three nephews George, Chuck and Bill Wilson.

There will be a celebration of his life on at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. Barry will be laid to rest next to Joan in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at brownfuneral.com.

Published by The News-Enterprise from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2023.

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