Billy Ray “Bill” Belcher, 77, of Winchester, husband for 53 years to Patty R. Belcher, passed away at home on Friday after an illness of several months. He is now joyfully joining his son in their heavenly home.
A native of Pike County and resident for 63 years, he was born Nov. 12, 1933, to the late Corbet and Lucy Cantrell Belcher. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and retired from sales and later the coal business.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Craig (Shelvy) Belcher; sister, Donna (Dickey) Taylor; niece, Kristi (Dan) May; a very special sister-in-law, Leah (Ralph) Good; and two nephews, Matt and Mark (Lisa) Good; four great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joey Belcher; stepmother, Ilo Belcher; and a loving and very special aunt, Pebble Belcher.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home, 289 S. Main St., with Dr. Art Beasley and Dr. Glenn Mollette officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be the Blakeman Sunday School Class at Central Baptist Church.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Belcher, James C. Branham, Charles Darsey, David Cantrell, Jordan Clay, Jim Crowell, Gale Fulkerson, Dr. Charles Hess, Jason Inskey, A.Y. Hodge, Jr., Glenn Johnson, James R. Johnson, Jimmie Rogers, F.D. Robertson, Terry Sipes, Jim Syvarth, Ervin Wagner, Jesse Williamson and Nalco nurses.
A very special thanks to Hospice East of Winchester.