PARIS, Mo. – Billie Denis Deck, 82, of Madison and formerly of Paris, died Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Boone County Hospital in Columbia.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Paris. Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery near Williamstown.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Paris.
Billie was born September 2, 1933 in Clark County, to Calvin and Irene Weber Deck. He was married to Sherry Brown Deck Larkam on June 14, 1958 at Kahoka. She survives in San Antonio.
Other survivors include two sons, Ken Deck and Dennis Deck, both of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Cathy Herron (Chuck) of Paris, and Debra Dunn (Brian) of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Jessica Herron (Russell Bills) of Dallas, Texas, Amanda Herron of Springfield, Mo., Elizabeth Vanskike (Justin Bone) of San Antonio, Cory Dunn of Austin, Texas, and Brighton Deck of San Antonio; one brother-in-law, George Steele of Wyaconda; one niece, Neva Harper (John) of Kahoka; one great-nephew, Adam McIntosh (Shannon) of Wentzville; one great-great-nephew, Drake McIntosh; and two great-great-nieces, Audrey McIntosh and Alexis McIntosh.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, in 1967 and 1993, respectively; one sister, Calene Steele, in 2010; and one nephew, Mike Steele, in 1999.
Billie graduated from Bosworth High School in 1951. He attended Trenton Junior College, where he played basketball, and graduated with an ag education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1957.
He served in the 8th Division of the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 and was stationed primarily in Camp Hale in Colorado Springs, Col.. He began working for VC Fertilizer in 1958 in Monroe City and continued in fertilizer sales until 1974.
In 1974, he and Sherry opened C&D Farm Supply in Madison in partnership with Guy and Sandy Callison and he ran the business until 1998. In his retirement, he enjoyed operating Bill’s Soft Serve Ice Cream in Madison.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paris, the Madison Businessmen’s Association, the Madison Lions Club, and the Little Dixie Square Dance Club.
He was an avid skier and horse racing enthusiast, at one time owning a race horse, Royal Wedding. He was very active in community service through local organizations.
Pallbearers will be Keith Thomas, Travis Barr, Ed Putnam, Tim Brammer, Marty Canterbury and Adam McIntosh.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Madison Lions Club, Dale Canterbury, Eugene Durbin, Howard McConnell, Don Thomas, Guy Callison, George Steele, Jim Walters and Charlie Hayhurst.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the the First Baptist Church of Paris, Liberty Cemetery and the Lions Eye Bank.
Arrangements are being handled by Agnew Funeral Home in Paris.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 and the First Baptist Church in Paris with services Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with reverend Wesley Hammond officiating. Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery in Williamstown, MO