Billy Abshire Sr.
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 7:04 pm
The Messenger, May 5, 2010
Completed arrangements are being announced for Billy Holmes Abshire Sr., 83, of Union City, who died May 4, 2010, at his home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home, with Dr. Billy Skinner officiating. Burial will follow in Obion County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home 5-8 this evening.
Pallbearers will be Tom Cleveland, Frank Canale, Steve Emrich, Billy Crigger, Bobby Williams and Bill Flood. Honorary pallbearer will be Daryl Erickson.
The family requests that memorials be made to Union City First Baptist Church Care Ministry or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
He was born Feb. 18, 1927, in Pemiscot County, Mo., son of the late John Anthony and Seleta (Holmes) Abshire. He married the former Catherine Edwards Feb. 2, 1944. She survives. He had been a salesman for the former Reelfoot Packing Co. in Union City and had been a truck driver for the former Ligon Heavy Haulers of Martin and for Reynolds Bros. Oil Co. in Union City.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and was a member of Union City First Baptist Church, where he had been a deacon and an usher and a member of Carlton Sunday School Class.
Survivors also include his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Danny Cunningham of Obion; two sons and three daughters-in-law, David and Judy Abshire and John and Mona Abshire, all of Union City, and Pat Abshire of Woodland Mills; seven grandchildren, David Abshire Jr. of the Cayce (Ky.) community, Jennifer Pickering and Crystal Taylor, both of Union City, Bradi Burnett of Nashville, Brad Abshire of Woodland Mills, Jeffrey Vaughn of Wingo, Ky., and Melissa Vaughn of Paducah, Ky.; his sister, Ruby Neely of Lockhart, Texas; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Billy Abshire Jr.
To view the DVD that is an online tribute, or to leave messages of condolence for the family, visit the funeral home Web site at www.emfuneralhome.com.