Billy Gene Fox, 1935-2016

Billy Fox

Billy Fox

The Rev. Billy Gene Fox, 80, passed away May 12, 2016, in Clarksville, Arkansas. He was born July 11, 1935, in Winding Gulf, West Virginia.

He was a retired pastor and brick mason. As a full-time local pastor and later an associate clergy member of the United Methodist Church, he served appointments at churches in the North Arkansas and Little Rock Conferences, as well as in the Tennessee and Missouri East Conferences. Churches he served in Arkansas included Almyra, Parkers Chapel, Jasper, Lamar and Monette.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ray Berry Fox; his parents, Ralph Edward Fox, Lillie Grimmett Fox and Genessee Grimmett Fox; a son, Jeffrey Kent Fox; three brothers, John, Wayne and Harold Fox; and two sisters, Bessie Fox Smith and Betty Fox Eikleburger.

He is survived by three sons: Matthew Lynn Fox and Jesse David Fox, both of Clarksville, Arkansas; and John William Fox and his wife, Dawn, of Nashville, Tennessee; two daughters: Regena Marie Fox Mason and her husband, Alvin, of Clarksville, Arkansas, and Holly Rae Fox Carter and her husband, David, of Nashville, Tennessee; a brother, Ralph Fox Jr. of Beckley, West Virginia; a sister, Doris Fox Reeder of Atlanta, Georgia; and seven grandchildren: Laney Mason, Kendall Mason, J.W. Fox, Levi Carter, Landen Bruden Fox, Kent Fox and Fox Carter.

Visitations were held Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville, Arkansas and at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel in Dickson, Tennessee. The funeral service followed the second visitation, Monday, May 16, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel in Dickson, Tennessee, with Herbert Wilkerson officiating. Burial followed in Van Leer Cemetery in Van Leer, Tennessee.

Pallbearers were J.W. Fox, Kendall Mason, Matt Fox, John Fox, Jesse Fox and Tim Potter. Honorary pallbearers were Levi Carter, Landen Bruden Fox, Kent Fox and Fox Carter.