Francis Billy Death, Obituary – On February 14, 2023, Francis William “Billy” English passed away at the home he had referred to throughout his life as his “home.” He had been living on this planet. The 10th of May, 1931 found Billy being born in the Bradshaw village, and he went on to complete his elementary education in Damascus.
After receiving his diploma from Elba High School in 1950, he promptly signed up to become a member of the United States Navy so that he might contribute to the victory of his nation in the Korean War. After Billy was discharged from the Navy in 1954, he married Frances Edna Davis, moved to the Woodland Grove community to raise his family there.
And worked as a civil servant at Fort Rucker for a number of different federal agencies until he eventually retired from Sikorsky at the age of 63 in November of 1994. Billy had served in the Navy from 1952 until 1954. Billy was a devoted Christian who served as an elder at the Elba Church of Christ for a good number of years. He was also an active member of the congregation of that church.
Before Billy, his wife Edna, both of his parents, Francis Marion English and Willie Pearl Donaldson English, and his sister Mary Helen English Mack had all passed away. His children that are still alive are Fran Jackson, who lives in Huntsville with her husband Keith, Russ English, who lives in Elba with his wife Ashley, and Todd English, who lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife Blanca.
Additionally, Billy will be leaving behind his nine grandchildren, including Francie Baker, whose husband is Trent, Meredith Dubose, whose husband is Jerry, Rebecca Dear, whose husband is Bryson, Zach English, Katie Haggard, whose husband is Jerome, Hannah Medders, whose husband is Cole, Rhiannon English, Madison English, and Ethan English. Billy’s daughter Meredith Dubose is also leaving behind her husband Jerry.
In addition to this, he took a great deal of pride in the fact that he was the great-grandfather of a total of eight individuals, four of whom were male and four of whom were female. On the Saturday, February 18, 2023, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Liberty Church of Christ Cemetery will play host to graveside services. The officiant for these services will be Minister Philip Box.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Elba Church of Christ, Agape of Central Alabama, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Billy English’s honor. Donations can also be made in Billy’s name to any of these organizations.