Billy Joe Farmer
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 6:36 pm
The Messenger, March 7, 2011
Billy Joe Farmer, 72, of Marion, Ill., brother of Carolyn Dickerson of Troy, died 2:10 p.m. March 5, 2011, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. He was a former resident of Cairo, Ill., and Villa Ridge, Ill.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, with the Rev. Ralph Kaufman officiating. Interment will follow in Mount City National Cemetery, with full military honors provided by Illinois National Guard Honors Detail and area veterans.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of services Tuesday.
He was born March 20, 1938, in Cairo, son on of the late Fay and Roseland (Dauksch) Bradbury. He was married to the former Martha Jackson, who died in 2003.
He had been employed as a coal miner and had been a deputy with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois. He retired from law enforcement as police chief for the City of Mounds.
He served in Operation Desert Storm as a member of the Illinois National Guard 1244th Transportation Unit from Cairo, served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Cairo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2649 and American Legion Post 178 in Villa Ridge.
He was also a member of Cairo Masonic Lodge and Kim Shrine Club in Cairo.
Survivors also include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Greg and Simone Farmer and Brad and Melissa Farmer, all of Johnston City, Ill., and Tim Farmer of DuQuoin, Ill.; his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Robert Yost of Marion; his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Pandora and Joe Taylor of Makanda, Ill.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons, Curtis Taylor and Nick Taylor; two brothers-in-law, Fred Dickerson of Troy and William O’Guin of Charleston, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Bradbury and Linda (Bradbury) O’Guin; and his brother, Robert Bradbury.