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Billy Yarbrough

June 18, 1931 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Billy Yarbrough Obituary

Billy Yarbrough
June 18, 1931 - January 9, 2024

Billy Yarbrough, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2024, in Florence, Alabama. Born on June 18, 1931, in Margerum, Alabama, Billy was the son of the late Charles Olin and Ruth Gaisser Yarbrough. Along with his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine Threet Yarbrough.

Billy is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Yarbrough,  children, Helen Yarbrough, Sandra (Scotte) Bell, and Russell G. Yarbrough; grandchildren, Derek Bell, Keegan (Megan) Bell, Kathleen (Kyle) Butcher, Russell G. Yarbrough II, and Joshua Yarbrough. They brought immense happiness to his life, and he treasured every moment spent with them. His great-grandchildren, Aidan, Russell III, Kailyn, Tyler, Gracen, Delaney, Harlow, and Kellan, held a special place in his heart.

Billy was a dedicated Christian. He found solace in his relationship with God and lived his life according to the teachings of Christ. As an internet Bible teacher, he shared his knowledge and faith with countless individuals, spreading love and hope to those in need.

Billy was an avid reader, always eager to expand his knowledge and explore new worlds through the pages of a book. He was also a self-published author, who poured his thoughts and experiences into his writings. Additionally, he had a passion for genealogy and spent many hours unraveling the intricate threads of his family history and many others.

In his earlier years, Billy served his country with honor and distinction. He dedicated four years to the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. His commitment to his country was unwavering, and his service was a testament to his patriotism.

Professionally, Billy was a chemist turned dedicated programmer in the aerospace industry. Throughout his career, he worked for seven different companies in Huntsville, Alabama, leaving an indelible mark on the field. His contributions to programs such as the Saturn V program, the Star Wars program, and the software for the main engine controllers for the Space Shuttle were invaluable. Billy's work with companies like Boeing and Honeywell played a vital role in advancing space exploration.

Billy's thirst for knowledge led him to achieve great academic success. He graduated as the valedictorian of Cherokee Vocational High School in 1949. After serving in the Navy, he attended FSTC (UNA) and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1959 with a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry.

Billy's character was marked by kindness, humility, and a genuine love for others. He was a pillar of strength for his family and a trusted friend to all who knew him. His wit and humor brightened every room he entered, and his wisdom touched the hearts of many.

A man of deep faith, integrity, and compassion, Billy's legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him. We take comfort in knowing that he will be forever remembered as a remarkable man who touched the lives of many. 

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Hazel Green Funeral Home.  Ben Renager will officiate funeral services at 11:00 am Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the funeral home. Burial at Plainview Cemetery will immediately follow the service with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the North Alabama Christian Children's Home, PO Box 2652, Florence, AL 35630 or to the charity of your choice.

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Receiving Friends
January 13, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hazel Green Funeral Home
13921 Hwy 231-431 N
Hazel Green, AL 35750

Funeral Service
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM
Hazel Green Funeral Home
13921 Hwy 231-431 N
Hazel Green, AL 35750


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