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James David Billings

January 15, 1921 ~ February 7, 2018 (age 97)

James David Billings, a Sisters, OR resident and a prior long-time Prineville resident, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. He was 97 years of age.

A public viewing will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at Prineville Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Juniper Haven Cemetery.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 pm at the Prineville First Assembly of God.

James was born in Kent, Oklahoma on January 15, 1921 to George Melvin Billings and Eula Mae (Miller) Billings.  He married Viola Marie Phillips in Kent, Oklahoma on April 21, 1940.

James grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and entered evangelistic ministry at the age of 19.  After marrying Viola, together they pastored several churches in Oklahoma and Oregon.  After pastoring churches in Spray, Stanfield, Baker City, and Myrtle Creek, Oregon, they moved to Prineville in 1973.  They pastored the Prineville First Assembly of God for over 15 years until their retirement on Hill St. in Prineville.  James was an avid outdoorsman and known to his family and friends as a handyman that could fix “almost anything.”  James leaves behind a legacy of integrity, wisdom, and godly character.

James is survived by two daughters, Ruth Shukle of Kennewick, WA, Linda Blackwell and her husband Sam of Bend, a daughter-in-law, Thelma Billings of Roseville, CA, a son, Dan Billings and his wife Jackie of Antelope, CA, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters, his wife Viola in 2010, a daughter Naomi, a son Jim, a grandson Phillip, and a granddaughter Trina.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Assemblies of God Foreign Missions, Account #7089410, 1445 N. Booneville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802.

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