Billy Brescia

February 1, 1917January 24, 2013

Billy Brescia, 95, of Columbus, GA died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at his residence.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 28, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Columbus with Dr. James C. Elder, Jr. officiating with a private entombment in Parkhill Cemetery according to Striffler – Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus. The family will receive friends Monday at the conclusion of the service in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church.

Mr. Brescia was born February 1, 1917 in Columbus, GA the son of the late Joseph and Selethia Mae Robinson Brescia. He was a lifelong resident of Columbus.

Mr. Brescia was currently a realtor with Coldwell Banker, Kennon, Parker, Duncan and Key Realtors in Columbus. He was Realtor of the Year for the year 2011 locally and state wide, lifetime member of Board of Realtors, former president of the Board of Realtors, and Board of Realtors office is named the Billy Brescia Building in his honor. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II with duty stations in Gulfport, MS and at Maxwell Field in Alabama. He began in the shipping department at Archer Mills in 1935, retiring in 1970 as Vice President of distribution, worked part-time in real estate starting in 1947, selling his first home, then going full-time in 1970.

Mr. Brescia was a member of Georgia Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (GARPAC) and Political / Legislative Affairs Committee, co-chair of both from 2010 until 2011, Realtors Extending a Caring Hand Committee, Multiple Listing Service Committee, work with Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball, School Safety Patrol, Columbus Public Safety Board, and American Legion.

Mr. Bescia received Golden Rule Award in Columbus in 1984, Dick McCudden Award for Exceptional Support of the GARPAC in 2000, Columbus Board of Realtors Community Service Award in 2003, appointed GAR director for life in 2006, Billy Brescia Day declared October 3, by then Mayor Bob Poydasheff in 2006, granted emeritus status by National Association of Realtors in 2006, honored with resolution by Georgia House of Representatives in 2009, and lifetime member of Circle of Excellence.

Mr. Brescia was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbus where he was a deacon, and member of Bob Scarbrough Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by a son, William Childs Brescia.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Claudia Childs Brescia; a daughter, Becky Brescia Johnson and her husband, Joe of Columbus; a son, David Charles Brescia and his wife, Debbie of Grant, AL; five grandchildren, Jody Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Mark Johnson and his wife, Amy, David Brescia, and Rebecca Freeman; eight great-grandchildren.

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Alice Martin

February 22, 2013

Becky, When I saw this in the newsletter, I had no idea it was your father. I am so sorry. Reading his obituary helped me to realize what a remarkable man he was and the life he led. Please know of my love and prayers for you and your family.

Judy Ford Beaty

January 28, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Prayers and thoughts for you and your family.

January 28, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. We have very fond memories of our times together at Hardaway. God bless you.

Jimmy and Barbara Motos

Jimmy Brock

January 28, 2013

Truly sincere condolences to the wonderful family and relatives. It is a rare blessing to have one's life touched by such special, special people. One never to be forgotten.

Jack Brinkley

January 28, 2013

Dear family-------Billy's memory will always live in my heart, and Sally & I were sorrowful to learn of his passing. His good citizenship and support were greatly valued and appreiated. He was a man of good will with positive values, one who looked at the affairs of state with eyes of kindness and civility. He was a gentlman and a friend whose life and service have made a lasting mark of influence for good. We will speak your names in our prayers.
Jack Brinkley, m.c. 90th - 97th Congresses

Priscilla Seeger

January 28, 2013

Mrs. Brescia and family,
I offer you my sincerest condolences. Mr. Billy will be missed by all. He was a wonderful man...always had a smile and a kind word.

Joe Ritch

January 27, 2013

Mrs. Beescia and family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Mr. Brescia was one of the finest people I have known. Many of us will share your loss.

Polly Chapman

January 27, 2013

Claudia and Family,
We all share in your sorrow. Billy was so loved and respected by everyone.

He will always hold a special place in my heart. He never missed an opportunity to be a joy and inspiration to everyone, and we were all blessed to have known this wonderful man.

Pat Evans

January 27, 2013

Claudia, please accept my condolences in your great loss. I have pleasant memories of the two of you from my years in Columbus. You will be in my thoughts. Pat (Williams)Evans

Mike Brescia

January 27, 2013

Aunt Claudia, I am sadden to hear about Uncle Billys passing I know he is now with Grandmother and Bill along with all his brothers and sisters in Heaven. My thoughs and prayer are with you and your family. My family send all our love to you David and Becky. Mike Brescia Titusville Fl.