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Billy B. Fryer 87 Epps, LA Funeral services for Mr. Billy Bruce Fryer 87, of Epps, LA will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM at the Epps Baptist Church with Rev. Pat Lofton and Rev. Jay Morgan officiating. Visitation will be held at Epps Baptist Church on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 1:30 PM until time of service. Burial with Navy Military Honors will be held in the Epps Community Cemetery. Interment and services are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Delhi. Billy Bruce Fryer was born to Willie Marion and Nell Trull Fryer on March 30, 1931 in Delhi, Lousiana. He grew up in Epps, Louisiana, one of 6 children. One of his first jobs was driving a truck for Kelly-Coppage Lumber Company in Delhi, Louisiana. He enlisted in the United States Navy on July 3, 1951 during the Korean War. He served on the USS Bremerton and was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. He left the Navy on June 24, 1955 and returned to Epps, Louisiana. On December 4, 1956 Billy married Helen Queen Butts. During this time he was working for Louisiana Power and Light as a lineman. In August of 1957 he was critically injured by electrocution from a power line that he was working on. He spent 5 months in the hospital, enduring serveral surgeries to repair his burns. Billy's right leg had to be amputated just below the knee. After he got out of the hospital, he and his wife built their first home, and he started farming. The loss of his leg never slowed him down. Many people to this day never knew he had an artificial leg. After many years of farming, Billy decided to quit and bought Epps Builder's Supply. During this ownership, he built several homes in the community of Epps and in the surrounding areas, as well as Fryer's Grocery in town. He and his family ran the grocery store successfully for many years. With farming in his blood, Billy decided to close the Builder's Supply and went to work at Epps Plantation as a farm supervisor. He continued to work there until he retired. Being retired wasn't for Billy, and the Village of Epps needed a water and sewer supervisor. He took this job and cared for the community for more than 10 years by servicing the water department and by keeping the village property mowed. He also began using trustees from the local detention center to help care for the community. During this time he had numerous opportunities to witness his faith in Christ. Billy enjoyed many hobbies. He loved horses and started Epps Riding Club on his father's property just outside of Epps. He and many of the community members built an arena and grandstand for families from miles around to enjoy. At one time there were over 200 members in the riding club. Billy also started girl's softball for the community of Epps in the early '70s. The boys had a baseball league, and since he had 3 girls who wanted to play, he started a fast-pitch team for them. They traveled to several different areas in North Louisiana to play. Billy always taught his children to be independent and responsible. They learned to do maintenance on their vehicles and drive a tractor, as well as mow their yards and take care of their homes. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing the mandolin and singing. He and his bothers and sisters and children spent many weekend nights playing and singing the old gospel hymns. Billy was also elected as an Alderman for the Village of Epps. He was a faithful member of the Lion's Club and was also instrumental in starting the Epps Volunteer Fire Department where he served as chief for several years. After serving as chief he continued to be active on the fire department as a volunteer. He was a member of Epps Baptist Church and sang in the choir. Music was always very important to him in his ministry. Billy never met a stranger and was always kind and compassionate to all people, no matter who they were. Billy is survived by his constant love and companion, his wife Helen Queen Butts Fryer; three daughters Billie Lynn (David Allen ) O'Neal and Tracey (Shane) Huffman both of Delhi, LA and Robin Michelle Bailey of Epps, LA; a son Daniel Bruce (Angela Schaefer) Fryer of Epps, LA; seven grandchildren Mary Lynne O'Neal, Christina Michelle Bailey, Lauren Carroll Simms, Taylor Bruce Keith Ezell, Baylea Michaela Huffman, Peyton Bruce Fryer and Savanah Lynn Fryer and a great grandson Lincoln James Johnson. Billy is also survived by one brother Charles Eugene (Pat) Fryer Sr. of Morgan City, LA and numerous nieces and nephews. Deacons of Epps Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jeff Guice, Dana Hebert, Dennis LaBatt, Wesley Swett, Roosevelt Porter, Edward Porter and Dustin Mooney. Billy's family would like to give special thanks to Diann McPherson, who called him "Rock Man," for being a faithful friend and visitor during his illness. Also, special thanks to his Hospice nurses, especially Monica Odom, who called him PaPaw Billy her entire life. During Billy's illness his brother Charlie and wife Pat continued to stay with Billy and Helen to support them with their daily needs. The family gives a heartfelt thanks to them for all they did during this time. Helen never left Billy's side during his illness and was a faithful wife for over 61 years. In addition, the family would like to give a special thanks to Don and Pat Gwin for their support and help. Lastly, they'd like to thank everyone that came and checked on Billy and Helen during their time of need. Cox Funeral Home Delhi, Louisiana

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