John Elbert Billings

John Elbert Billings, 89, of Elkin passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at his home. Mr. Billings was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Wilkes County to Chester and Maye Elizabeth Absher Billings.

Mr. Billings attended Macedonia Baptist Church as long as his health permitted and retired from Chatham Manufacturing. He was a loving husband and devoted to his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Bobby Gray Billings; sister-in-law, Linda Billings; and brothers-in-law, Charles Jordan and Benny Harold Burcham.

Survivors include his loving wife of 35 years, Mary R. Billings of the home; brothers, Hubert Billings of North Wilkesboro, Donald Billings of North Wilkesboro; sisters, Helen Phillips Cockerham of Roaring River, Mildred Burcham of Jonesville, Geraldine Jordan of Roaring River, Erline Poplin and husband, Kenneth, of Roaring River; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at Elkin Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Billings will lie-in-state from 10 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the donor’s charity of choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mountain Valley Hospice for their care.

Online condolences may be made to

Services entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.

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