Billy Herald Fishburn

Billy Herald Fishburn

On Feb. 28, 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression, George Prentice and Nettie Marsh Fishburn welcomed a blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby boy into their growing family. They named that sweet little boy Billy Herald Fishburn.

He was born in the Green Valley community of Macon County and was the baby of nine children. Billy was preceded in death by: his parents, G.P. and Nettie Marsh Fishburn; four brothers, Estel Fishburn, Calvin Fishburn and two infant brothers; and three sisters, Novella Ford, Selma Sexton, and Edith Jent.

Billy fell in love with a young lady from the Red Hill community named Derotha Driver, and on May 7, they were united in holy matrimony. They made their home in the Williams community. Billy and Derotha were blessed with three children and more than 70 years together.

Billy loved Testament Primitive Baptist Church.

He was a self-employed tobacco farmer. Billy found enjoyment in mowing the yard on his shiny, green, John Deere riding mower, sometimes three or four times per week.

While staying at Knollwood Manor, Billy became a pretty good bingo player, and he loved for his great-grandchildren to visit so he could give them the sweets he won.

Billy loved his family above all else, and many joyous times were spent with them over the years.

On Aug. 13, at the age of 88, Billy was called to his Heavenly home. He is no longer suffering. Billy's soul is resting easy with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Billy is survived by: his wife, Derotha Driver Fishburn; son, Jimmy Fishburn (and companion, Shirley Wilson); daughters, Pat Wilburn (and husband, Everette), Margaret Mahaney (and husband, James); sister, Joyce Taylor; grandchildren, Leah Kirby (and husband, Kevin), Evette Morgan (and husband, Jeff), and Jenna Mahaney; and great-grandchildren, Allye Morgan, Collin Morgan, Kyson Kirby, Kaylee Kirby, Abby Sanders and Owen Sanders.

Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 16 from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home, with Dwight Dyer officiating. Interment followed in Macon County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were: Kevin Kirby, Jeff Morgan, Mack Fishburn, Dean Dyer, Tim Green, Marty Coley, and Billy Wilmore. Honorary pallbearers were: Jerry Shaw, Kyson Kirby, Collin Morgan and Owen Sanders.

Alexander Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.