Billy Conley, Sr., 72

Billy Rodney Conley, Sr., 72, of rural LaFontaine, died at 9 p.m., April 13, at his residence.  He was born Aug. 29, 1940 in Lackey, Ky., to Dennis Marion and Hazel (Wicker) Conley.

Billy was a veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam.  He first married Shirley Ann Begley in Wabash, on March 14, 1966, she preceded him in death.  He then married Sandra Bechdol in Prestonsburg, Ky., on July 18, 1987; she died March 29, 2004.  He enjoyed playing pool, guns, fishing and his dog, Miki.  He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

He is survived by three children, Billy R. (Christine) Conley, II, Wabash, Rhonda (Chuck) Bolton, Lagro, and Tunie Hawksboo, Sumter, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Billy R. Conley, III, LaFontaine, Kristen Conley and Dennis Cameron Conley both of Wabash, Pvt. Devin Bolton, serving in Afghanistan, Cassie Bolton and Ryleigh Bolton both of Lagro, and Darvy Weaver, Rhianna Parker, and Alan Chesley II all of Sumter; two brothers, Paul (Karen) Conley, and Ralph Conley both of Wabash; and a sister, Annie (Dennis) Correll, Wabash.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Sally Begley.

Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, on Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. with Buddy Williams officiating.  Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Animal Shelter of Wabash County.

The memorial guest book for Billy may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Apr 15