Billie Jean Cosby
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Billie Jean Cosby

March 08, 1963 - July 23, 2010

Billie Jean Cosby

March 08, 1963 - July 23, 2010

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Obituary for Billie Jean Cosby

Billie Jean Cosby II was born in Monroe, Michigan on March 8, 1963. He was the son of Billie Jean Cosby I and Janet Eileen (Engle) Cosby. He married the former Charlene Fordyce in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 18, 1993. In September of 2007 the family moved to Dayton, Tennessee and Billie took employment with the La-Z-Boy Company. He worked as laborer manufacturing furniture. He had attended the Walnut Grove Church in Dayton. Billie loved to help other by working on cars – and he usually got the best of them. He enjoyed traveling, and loved to fish and camp. His favorite pastime of all, however, was spending quality time with his family, children, and grandchildren. Billie Cosby II age 47 of Dayton, Tennessee passed away Friday morning, July 23, 2010 at the Bixby Medical Center in Adrian. His passing was preceded by his grandparents, a brother-in-law: Ronald Anderson in October of 2007 and his father-in-law: James H. Fordyce in September of 1997. His memory will forever be cherished by his wife: Charlene of Dayton, Tennessee; his parents: Billie Cosby I of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Janet Cosby of Petersburg; a mother-in-law: Loretta Fordyce of Battle Creek, Michigan; ten children: Billie J. Cosby III of Monroe, Connie L. Cosby of Monroe, Adam J. Cosby of Monroe, Jessica Cosby of Toledo, Crystal Goudy of Terre Haute, Indiana, Jamie Goudy of Terre Haute, Tommie Goudy of Dayton, TN, Maegan Goudy of Bloomington, IN, Nicholas Goudy of Dayton, TN, and Donnie Blair of Dayton, TN; four sisters: Ellen Cosby of Monroe, Tina (David) Shock of Monroe, Sherrie Anderson of Petersburg, and Kathie (Jeff) Petree of Newport; three brothers: Johnny (Susan) Cosby of Monroe, Daniel (LuAnn) Cosby of Toledo, and Tommy Cosby of Monroe; ten grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may gather from 1:30pm until a Celebration of His Life at 2:00pm, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185. Procession will follow to Woodland Cemetery in Monroe for his final rest. Memorial donations for those who desire can be made to Autism research at Generation Rescue, 13636 Ventura Blvd. #239; Sherman Oaks, California 91423 or to a Children’s Heart Foundation. Online words of inspiration and comfort can be made by visiting www.merklefuneralservice.com and then selecting the Life Stories page.

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