Billie â€œCharlesâ€ Gilley, 67, of Laurel Hill passed away on Monday, 14 September 2020 at his home, surrounded by family. Simply known as Papa, he was a loving husband, father, and foster parent to so many. Papa Charles was preceded in death by his father and mother, Palmer Lee (Bud) and Emma Genevieve of Paxton. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Patricia, children: Jeff Slaughter, Eric Slaughter (Su Yon), Stacey Law, Brian, Robert Crawford, Aleta Beck (Rickey), Emily Day (Chris), Glinda Strickland (Denny), Roger Crawford (Katie), Matt Withrow (Diane), Amber Simmons (Mark), Patric Withrow, Caine, Aaron, Eli, and Caroline; sister Margie Henderson and brother Bobby (Vickie); 30 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, give or take a few and the numerous foster children who have been in his home thru the years. Papa Charles was truly loved and will be forever missed. Until we meet again.
Viewing will be Friday, 18 September between 6 and 8 P.M. at Brackney Funeral Home in Crestview. Celebration of Life Services will be on Saturday, 19 September beginning at 1 P.M., also at Brackney Funeral Home in Crestview. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Laurel Hill followed by grazing at Magnolia Baptist Church.