|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1850|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 1921|
Butler (Bates County)
Obituary from The Appleton City Journal, Appleton City, St. Clair, MO, Thursday, Oct. 6, 1921:
B. F. BILLINGS
Brother B. F. Billings was born in Indiana, March 23, 1850, and ceased to live here, Sunday, Sept. 25, 1921, having tabernacled in the flesh 71 years, 6 months and 2 days.
When but a child he moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Billings, to Illinois, where they lived some 14 years, and then to Bates county, Mo. Here his life was spent, except nine years in Wyoming and nine years in Liberty, Mo. He moved to Butler with his good wife last April and located on North High Street.
He was married to Nancy Anne Bailey Mar. 10, 1868. To this union 12 children were born, three of these died in infancy and two in early manhood. Those who abide are: Mrs. Ida B. Closson, of San Francisco, Calif.; Dr. A. L. Billings, of Wichita, Kans.; Dr. A. E. Billings, of Topeka, Kans.; A. O. Billings, of Liberty, Mo.; Dr. J. H. Billings, of Kansas City, Mo.; C. S. Billings, of Elizabeth, Colo.; and Dr. W. W. Billings, of White Hall, Ill. These sons were all converted before they were 14 years old. There are ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. This large family of children, with two sisters: Mrs. A. E. Rogers and Mrs. Lydia Brownfield, of Appleton City, Mo., his faithful, patient and loving companion, with many, many friends suffer loss because of his going.
He was converted in 1868, the first year of his married life, and joined the Round Prairie Baptist church, which ordained him as Deacon at the early age of twenty one. Later he moved to what is now called "The Old Homestead," northeast of Butler and in his home the Salem Baptist church was organized. Here he did some of his best work for the Lord. Being a leader and singer in this church twenty or more years and Superintendent of Sunday School for 15 years. We received him into our fellowship last May and he became a member of our board of deacons, but was never able to meet with us.
His last trip from home was to attend a fifth Sunday meeting at New Hope, the church which he helped to reorganize.
Brother Billings was a good man. His religious convictions were strong. He knew what he believed and why he believed it. There was no uncertainty about his faith. He contended (that noble contention or rather emulation) for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Though gone to glory and to God and at rest from his long weary months of intense suffering, he not only lives "over there" but shall continue to live in the hearts and lives of those whom he leaves behind.
"Rest for the toiling hand.
Rest for the anxious brow;
Rest for the weary, wayworn feet,
Rest from all labor now."
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from Henceforth; yes, sayeth the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works to follow them." ---Rev. 14:13.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Butler Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. T. C. Brammet. Burial in Oak Hill cemetery.
Submitted by: Karen Foreman
Andie Leslie Billings (1877 - 1969)*
Alva Edgar Billings (1880 - 1952)*
Ava Oscar Billings (1882 - 1975)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Butler (Bates County)
Created by: Jaime Crandell-Stapleton
Record added: May 12, 2006
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