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Billy Ray Bills

November 8, 1949 — September 22, 2018

CLEVELAND - Billy Ray Bills, age 68, of Cleveland, MS passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Shelby Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Shelby, MS. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday September 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM till 12:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland.  Celebration of Life Services will follow at 12:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be in the Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville, MS. Reverend Robert Haney will officiate the service.

Billy was born on November 08, 1949 to Marlon Chester and Birdie (Kirksey) Bills in Cleveland, MS.  He grew up in the Ruleville area and graduated Ruleville High School.  Billy retired from Otis Hill's Welding after 37 years of employment. He had also drove wreckers for Zabe's Wrecker Service and Bills Body Shop.  Billy loved the outdoors; enjoying hunting and fishing. His passion was helping others in need.  He was a friend of Bill W and touched many lives over the years. He was a member of Ruleville Baptist Church. Billy loved his family and his grandchildren were the joy and love of his life.

Billy was preceded in death by his Mother and Father; Marlon and Bertie Bills; wife Kathryne Elizabeth Hill Bills; brothers, Marlon Keith Bills and Mickey Bills.

Billy is survived by Daughter, Jessica Bills (David) Lester of Cleveland, MS;  Step-son, Jeff Ferguson of Leland, MS;  Brother, Terry Bills of Star, ID; Sister, Sheila Dobbins of Greenville, MS;  Grandchildren; Hayden Bills, Mason (Joseph Fioranelli) Ferguson, Mia Ferguson and David Lester, Jr.; Great-grandson, Powell Fioranelli.

Pallbearers are Billy Brown, Davin Parker, Allen Mallette, Shane Bills, Gregg Bills and Butch Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers are Peyton Chambers and David Marlow, IV.

Memorials may be made to Office of Development Learning Resource Center, Room U013 2500 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39216-4505 (601) 984-2300

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be viewed and signed at


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

New Cleveland Cemetery

N Bayou Rd, Cleveland, MS

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel

3463 Hwy 8, Cleveland, MS 38732

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