The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 23, 2013

Billy Deffenbaugh

The funeral for Billy H. Deffenbaugh, 76, of Decatur will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur with Curtis Davis officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Deffenbaugh, who died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at River City Health and Rehab, was born May 31, 1937, in Calhoun County to Charlie and Lou Ollie Deffenbaugh. He was a member of Autumnwood Baptist Church in Decatur. He was a retired butcher from Kroger in Decatur with 43 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Oris Grisham Deffenbaugh; three sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include three sons, Mike Deffenbaugh and wife Beverly of Toney, Mark Deffenbaugh and wife Dannie of Pensacola, Fla., and Donnie Deffenbaugh and wife Julie of Spring Hill, Tenn.; one daughter, Kelly McMurry and husband David of Hartselle; nine grandchildren, Rebecca Lock, Megan Colvett, Charlie Deffenbaugh, Kristen Snell, Jenna England, Daniel Deffenbaugh, Hannah Hardiman, Amy McMurry and Michael McMurry; and three great-grandchildren, Braydon Lock, Lily Colvett and Nora Deffenbaugh.

Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer/s Association, 117A Longwood Road SE, Huntsville, AL 35801.

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