Billy Lewis Hennessee
Nov 16, 2012
Billy Lewis Hennessee
Nov. 16, 2012
Billy Lewis Hennessee, 88, of Decatur, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at NHC Health Care of Athens.
He was an avid bird hunter, loved riding and training horses, was active in field trials and was passionate about gardening. He often traveled to South Dakota for bird hunting expeditions.
His devotion was foremost to his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, faithfully following their musical and sporting events, and speaking highly of their accomplishments. He was well-known and respected for his love of honest hard work and strong determination that carried over into all aspects of his life.
A native of McMinn County and a longtime resident of Decatur, he was a son of the late Harl Eugene and Fannie Meldoria Vincent Hennessee. He was preceded in death by one son, Jack Lewis Hennessee; one granddaughter, Kimberly Hennessee Moses; three brothers, Johnie William, Arlen Lee and Arthur Eugene Hennessee; and two sisters, Anna Mary Hennessee Norris and Ruby Alice Hennessee Harrison.
He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and was retired from Volunteer Energy Cooperative as a line crew foreman. He had a long work history in line crew construction, working previously for many years with Dillard Smith Construction Company.
Those left to cherish his memories are his beloved wife of 67 years, Hazel Creasman Hennessee; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jerry Hennessee of Athens, and Ron and Judi Hennessee of Decatur; five grandchildren and three spouses, Jeff Hennessee of Cookeville, Laura and John Smith of Dalton, Ga., Chris and Rachel Hennessee of Nashville, and Chad and Tonya Hennessee and Adam and Christy Hennessee, all of Dayton; seven great-grandchildren, Taylor and Madison Smith, Matthew Moses, Hayes Hennessee, Cason and Zacary Hennessee, Anna Kate Hennessee and one boy on the way in January 2013; his beloved brother, Charlie Roscoe Hennessee; his precious sister, Mattie Bell Hennessee Cate; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; many special friends and hunting buddies; and close extended members of the family, Becky Elrod and Lois Bracken.
The family celebrated a life well lived at 1 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with ministers Rod Dunn and Hugh Bryan officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Cemetery.
A grandson and great-grandsons served as pallbearers along with Tommy Creasman and Mark Hayes. An honorary pallbearer was Grant Creasman.
The family received friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Bowers Funeral Home.
If you were unable to attend the visitation or service, go to www.bowersfh.com to sign the guest book and offer your condolences.
Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur was in charge of arrangements.