John Jewel Billups III, age 63, of Ashland,KY, entered his heavenly home on September 24, 2018. He was born on November 21, 1954, in Huntington, WV to the late John “JJ” and Roma Gail (Hatten) Billups. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents Jewel & Corrine Billups and Harry & Tilda Hatten.
He graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School in 1973 where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football being named an “All State” football player in 1972. He retired after 39 years of service from Ashland Oil Inc./Marathon. He served several years with the Volunteer Fire Departments for the towns of Ceredo,WV, Summit-Ironville, KY and on the Fire and Rescue squad of Marathon during his employment.
John loved the Lord, was an active member of Unity Baptist Church, Ashland, Ky.
John was a devoted husband, father and friend. He truly loved life and enjoyed all time spent with family and friends.
An avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Leigh Ann (Duley) Billups of 15 years, his daughter, Amy Mullins (Steven) of Crown City, OH; daughter, Jamie Bishop of Crown City, OH; son John David Billups (Holly) of Ashland, KY; daughter, Alexandra Billups of Ashland, KY; grandchildren Katie Foste, Carder Mullins, Olivia Bishop, Rachel Bishop, John Ryan Billups, and Jackson Billups as well as several nieces and nephews. He will be lovingly remembered by his two brothers and sisters in law Michael Billups (Jeanette) of Kenova, WV; and James “JD” Billups (Rhonda) of Kenova, WV.
The family would like to thank and appreciates the support and love shown to John during his illness by special friends Lace Hardwick and Larry Jarvis.
Visitation will be held at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel, Ashland, KY on Thursday, September 27 from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, September 28 at 11 am with Pastor Jeremy Couture officiating and interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Cancer Angels, Ashland Bellefonte Cancer Center, in care of Deedee Delong, 122 St Christopher Dr, Ashland, Ky 41101.
Online condolence to www.steenfuneralhome.com