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William "Billy" Worthy

August 22, 1937 ~ August 23, 2020 (age 83)


William "Billy" Worthy

August 22, 1937 ~ August 23, 2020 (age 83)

William "Billy" Worthy- King of all Kings - Loved and revered by all who knew him. 

A Time to Be Born

Billy was born to the late Elbert Worthy, Sr. and Pearl DuBose on August 22, 1937 in Bolivar, Tn. He was the youngest son of ten children. Five brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. 

A Time to Live

At an early age in life, Billy accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was a very devoted member of Greater Springfield Baptist Church. He attended Bolivar Industrial School. As a young adult, he decided to not work in the fields as a sharecropper; instead, he enlisted int he United States Army in 1955.

During his tenure, Billy served his country during the Vietnam War. He also fulfilled different positions and received numerous awards. After being honorably discharged on May 31, 1977, he returned to Bolivar, Tn to take care of his mother and family. He worked at Campbell's Cleaner, did carpentry work and started his own lawn care business serving the community. He served as the commander at the American Legion Post 165. Billy was the epiphany of a true servant of God. He faithfully served as an Usher and drove the church van for over 35 years. 

Although Billy did not have any biological children of his own, he was an surrogate father who raised generations of his brother's and sister's children. He was truly THE greatest patriarch of the Worthy family. Whenever you needed him, Billy was there. No task was too big or too small for him.  Not only was he a father to his family, he was a strong presence and leader to many people in the community. Billy educated several young boys on how to become me; his work ethics were unparalleled. He was a giving person and believed in giving back to his community. At the age of 80, Billy tested his acting skills and participated in a local veteran's play at the Performance Art Center. 

In his spare time, he enjoyed working crossword puzzles, took care of his feisty, loving dog, Brooklyn and watched Old Westerns. He was on the American Legion Committee, Bolivar Community Cemetery Board, and he participated in various annual Veteran Day events. 

A Time to Die

God peacefully closed Billy's eyes and took his spirit to rest eternally with him on Sunday Morning, August 23, 2020 at Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation at Bordeaux in Nashville, Tn. God Almighty blessed him to see 83 years. 

His private service was held on Saturday August 28, 2020 at 11:30 am at Greater Springfield MB Church with burial in the Bolivar Community Cemetery with Pastor Robert Paham in charge and Dixie Funeral Home ( was in charge of the professional service.

A Time to Reflect

Williams "Billy" Worthy was adored and cherished by his family, friends, and many loved ones. He will be missed dearly. Those remembering his fond memories: his loving companion of 42 years, Emma Jean Miller; one loving sister, Maggie (Curtis) Guy of Chicago, Il, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; his beloved dog, Brooklyn Carter. 


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 Service Program


August 28, 2020

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Jerome Boyd Chapel at Dixie Funeral Home
750 Bills Street
Bolivar, Tennessee 38008

Private Services

Greater Springfield MB Church
407 South Madison Street
Bolivar, Tennessee 38008

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