Billy L. Deford, age 84, of Macomb, passed away at 3:47 PM on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. He was born on December 23, 1935 in Table Grove, Illinois the son of Ross and Mildred Stremmel Deford. He first married Juanita Behymer, she passed away in 1979. He later married Billie F. Sowell on July 19, 1980, she survives.
He is also survived by three children Mary (Danny)Cole of Plainville, Illinois, Robert (Stephanie) Hotto of Macomb, and Patricia (Bradley) Phillips of Plymouth, eight grandchildren William(Brandi) Cole, Anna (Darren) Chapman, Tonia (Matt) McBride, Austin Hotto, Douglas(Olivia) Phillips, Kendra Hotto, Abbie Weaver-Hotto, and Carl Hotto, 12 great-grandchildren, two sisters JoAnn Lindsay, and Linda Lane, one brother Ronald (Janice) Deford, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, daughter Joyce Deford, two brothers Bob Deford and Jack Deford, and three nephews also preceded him in death.
Billy had lived in Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, and moved to Macomb in 1980. He had worked at King -Sealey and later worked as a fork lift driver for Porcelain Products. He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Macomb , he enjoyed high school basketball and football tournaments, he loved motorcycles and attending Lowderman’s Auctions. He loved Eagles and classic cars, was a former Boy Scout leader and former 4-H leader and most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed collecting Avon Bottles with his mother and siblings. He was proud of the fact that he babysat for the former Macomb High School principal Dr. Connley. His sister always remarked that he was the quiet brother of the family.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 2 PM until 4 PM at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Funeral services will be held on March 8, 2020 at 1 PM at the Lowderman Event Center in Macomb. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Private graveside services will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made to the Billy Deford Memorial Fund.
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