Chester Jones Billingsley
March 23, 1938 – September 2, 2019
M/Sgt Chester J. “Sonny” Billingsley, USAF-Ret., passed away Monday,September 2, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born March 23, 1938, in Autauga County.Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Arthur and Margaret Pearl Billingsley; son,Robert Bryan Billingsley; brothers-in-law, Bill McLendon, Gary O. Smith, and Bobby Gene Rainwater.He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann Billingsley; son, Glenn Billingsley(Louise); daughter, Marcia Byrd (Doug); grandchildren, Brooke Billingsley,Dr. Carl Byrd (Lisa), S/Sgt Rachel Spahr (Billy), Ashley Byrd, Patrick Billingsley (Kristen), and Mandy Byrd-Vansyoc (Nick); great-grandchildren,Mason Spahr, Abby Spahr, Analeigh Byrd, Evelyn Vansyoc, Graham Vansyoc, Elliott Billingsley, Jonas Billingsley, and Nora Jane Byrd; siblings,Bobby Billingsley (Barbara Ann), Ann Smith, and Joyce McLendon; and in-laws, Tommy Rainwater (Ann), Nick Rainwater (Patti), and JoeRainwater.Sonny spent over 20 years of dedicated service with the Air Force. Shortlyafter his retirement in 1977, he began his career with CSX Railroad as a brakeman, retiring over a decade later as a railroad engineer. Sonny was a master-of-all-trades; and in the early ’90s, he turned his focus back to full-time repair of small engines, clocks, guns, and anything else he could get his hands on. If Sonny couldn’t repair it, it couldn’t be fixed. When he wasn’t in his shop, he was patrolling the neighborhood on his scooter with Molly, his beloved Yorkie. He was constantly amazed at how many people stopped him on his rides…not to speak with him but to speak to Molly.A visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6th, 2019, at Ridout’s-Brown-Service Prattville Chapel, with a funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m. The Patriot Guard will provide escort to Prattville Memory Gardens, where Sonny will be honored with a 21-gun salute and taps performed by the USAF Honor Guard.In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Air Warrior Courage Foundation aka Wounded Warrior Emergency Support Fund.
- Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
- Chester Jones Billingsley Friday, September 6, 2019
Chester Jones Billingsley
CMsgt Thomas Penman
September 9, 2019
Lori and I were so sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. We went beck a long way from MadDill, Cam Rhan Bay, George and finally Europe. He was a great friend and always provided some practical joke to keep us on our toes. He will be missed.
With sympathy and warmest regards
Tom and Lori Penman