Billy George McElyea, 87, of Paris, passed away, Saturday, August 29, 2020 in Medical City of Plano. Family directed memorial services will be in Honey Grove at the Honey Grove Library, Lyday Hall on Saturday, September 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Mr. McElyea was born on January 17, 1933 in Howland, Texas a son of Lloyd and Addie Anderson McElyea. He retired from Alcatel, served in the US Air Force serving as an aircraft mechanic and had served as Grand Master in the Plano Masonic Lodge.
He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his grandchildren and shared a birthday with one of his great grandsons. He played the guitar and learned at the age of 75. He played country music and attended music festivals. He was an excellent carpenter and while living at Lake Texoma he built three homes. He liked going to the casinos and playing video poker.
He married the former Betty Sue Guffey on April 4, 1958 in First Baptist Church in Dallas by Rev. W.A. Criswell.
Mr. McElyea is survived by his wife, Betty Sue McElyea; daughter, Gail Gilbert and husband Tommy; three grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a great – great grandchild; sisters, Margie Smallwood and Glenda Kay Janoe and a brother, James Lloyd McElyea.
In lieu of flowers please make memorials to VA Bonham Center.