James Warren Bills
May 6, 1946 -
September 17, 2017

Visitation

September 21, 2017
11:00 AM - 2 :00 PM

Service 

Interment

Obituary

James Warren Bills, age 71, passed away on September 17, 2017. Jimmy had been a resident of Fayetteville since he was a young boy and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in accounting.

Jimmy was the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Housing Authority for 35 years. He was involved in various organizations throughout his life such as Fayetteville City School Board, Lions Club, Lincoln County Board of Commissions, and the Falcon Club. One of his highlights was being a radio broadcast announcer with Tommy Holland for the Lincoln County Falcons.

Jimmy and his wife, Becky, were their grandchildrens’ biggest fans whether that was cheering them on in volleyball, basketball, or baseball. If they were not with their grandchildren then you would find them spending time with friends. They loved to travel, go to the movies and out to eat.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, James Allen and Louise Bills, He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Becky; son, Jeff and wife, Brittany; daughter, Kim and husband, Matt; sister, Marsha Teeter; granddaughter, Sydney Rebecca Taylor; and grandsons, Dylan Warren Taylor, Robert Jackson Bills and Warren Maddox Bills.

Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 11 AM until 2 PM at Higgins Funeral Home. Higgins is honored to be serving the family of Mr. James Warren Bills.

Video Services

44 Comments

  1. Toni Locke

    Becky and family,
    Know that you are being lifted in prayer with much love by all who knew Jimmy and have loved your family over the years. Your hearts are breaking, I am sure, but there is much joy in knowing what joys and how much love you have shared with each other and with your friends.

    Reply
  2. Donna Baumgartner

    I love this picture of Jimmy – this is how he always looked ~ what a fine and kind man. I was fortunate to work with Jimmy for 19 years and he always treated me with dignity and respect while offering guidance and leadership. A true loss. Blessings to his family that he loved so dearly.

    Reply
  3. Lewis Webb

    Sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Bills. When I started my career as a CPA he was one of the role models I aspired to be. Prayers for his family.

    Reply
  4. Sissy Parks

    So sorry for your loss and there are not enough words to express what a wonderful man Jimmy was. I have known him my entire life and will miss his wonderful smile and greetings when he was walking around the neighborhood.

    Reply
  5. Linda M Edmiston

    Mrs. Becky and family, I am sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

    Reply
  6. Betty Lou Dunivan

    Remembering Jimmy’s wonderful and gentle soul and that great smile will forever remain in the hearts of his friends and wonderful family. May he rest in peace. Memories are forever. Blessed be!

    Reply
  7. Susie Shewry Kutchi

    Sympathy and love being sent to all of Jimmy’s family. I have fond memories that began on Hatcher Drive and continued through high school of Jimmy, Marsha, & Becky. May you all find peace and keep Jimmy alive in your memories.

    Reply
  8. Gloria Bartlett Sanders Class of '64

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  9. Ann Small Malhoit

    To Becky and family, my heartfelt sympathy and prayers . Jimmy was a wonderful person and he is truly unforgettable.

    Reply
  10. Barry West

    I am sorry for your lost, Mr. Bills was a great neighbor and friend , he will be dearly missed

    Reply
  11. david ready

    Becky and family, I hope the many happy memories you have of Jimmy comfort you now and in the future. God bless all you.

    Reply
  12. Sandra K Netherland

    So sorry to hear this news. Jimmy and Becky and children were our neighbors for a lot of yrs.. and we enjoyed them. My sister who has passed was in their class. Our town has lost a wonderful friend and my prayers go out to this family!

    Reply
  13. Harold Rudd

    The picture is a perfect memorial of how I remember him. Laughing, smiling, enjoying the company of friends. May your hearts be lifted by the wonderful memories of your time together, and the knowledge he was loved and respected by so many and left a positive legacy for all.

    Reply
  14. Juanita and Anthony McElroy

    From the McElroy Family We are so sorry for the loss of your love one.We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    Reply
  15. Denelda Price

    So sorry to hear the passing of Jimmy. I pray that God comfort you and your family during this difficult time. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, he shall sustain thee.” Psalms 55:22

    Reply
  16. Jimmy and Diane Buchanan

    Dear Becky, Marsha and Family,

    Our community has lost a wonderful, kind, cheerful and loving man. He never failed to have a smile whenever we saw him. May God lend you comfort and healing during this very difficult time. Jimmy and Diane

    Reply
  17. Dickie and Laura (Morriss) Willard, Apex, NC

    We had the honor of meeting Jimmy and Becky while visiting my sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Jack Raby. We knew immediately why Sarah and Jack were such good friends with them. We’ve heard so many wonderful stories of Jimmy over the years…one of them how he faithfully and lovingly took care of Becky. He will not only be missed by his family, but by his many dear friends who loved him like family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all…God bless and comfort you.

    Reply
  18. Frank & Sybil Baker

    So sorry for your loss Becky. Prayers go out to you and your family, Jimmy will be greatly missed by his family ,and, his many friends.

    Reply
  19. Dickie and Laura (Morriss) Willard, Apex, NC

    We had the honor of meeting Jimmy and Becky while visiting my sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Jack Raby. We knew immediately why Sarah and Jack were such good friends with them. We’ve heard so many wonderful stories of Jimmy over the years…one of them how he faithfully and lovingly took care of Becky. He will not only be missed by his family, but by his many dear friends who loved him like family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all…God bless and comfort you.

    Reply
  20. Ben King

    Never met a nicer, happier man (or person for that matter). My heart aches for you Becky and you Marsha. Let the memories you have be the comfort you need – don’t shy from them – embrace them. Count on God through it all.
    Benny King

    Reply
  21. Ronald Robinson

    Mr. Bills will be missed by a number of people. He has been a star in my corner, helping me to learn my job with public housing and just being a very good mentor and friend. Prayers and sympathy go out for the family.

    Reply
  22. Dennis and Marie Caldwell

    Becky, Marsha and family so sorry for your loss. Jimmy will be missed not only by his loving family but by the many, many friends he has made over the years. May God fold you in his loving arms during this difficult time.

    Reply
  23. Dotsy Royal

    Becky and family, we are so sorry to hear about Jimmy. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all. Sending our love and hugs.

    Reply
  24. Shirley Smith Jeans Vliet

    Jimmy. He was such a fine person and friend.I was shocked to hear of Jimmy’s death. May God look over Becky, Kim,Matt, and Jeff, Brittany, and
    Family.

    Reply
  25. Shirley Smith Jeans Vliet

    I am so sorry for Becky and family for the death of Jimmy . I have been so shocked to hear we have lost such a great man and friend. May God look over each of you.

    Reply
  26. Billy &Patsy

    Sorry for your loss. we are remembering the family in our prayers.

    Reply
  27. Gay Parsley

    So very sorry about your loss. Jimmy was such a nice and very friendly person to all. My “Condolences” to Becky and family.

    Reply
  28. Susan & Ron Arrick

    Becky and family, you have our deepest sympathy. So saddened to learn this heartfelt news about Jimmy. He was such a wonderful person , always wearing a smile. Our hearts and prayers are with you in this time.

    Reply
  29. Ms. Fonda Askins Blair

    Becky, I send my heartfelt condolences to you & your family. Though he is physically gone his memories are forever & may you find peace in the knowledge that he loved you deeply and would have wished to stay longer with you. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Your husband was an outstanding man.
    Your husband, will be greatly missed! It was an honor to have known such a great person & I will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. Jimmy came by to comfort our family at the passing of both of my parents. He was always a compassionate, caring servant & Christian man. He always had a smile & displayed compassionate concern for everyone. His life was a blessing & his memory a treasure.
    Becky, your children & all your family & Marsha will be in my prayers. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

    Reply
  30. Linda Jennings

    To one of the most devoted friend and husband you could ask for. The “class of 64” will surely miss him. Becky and family we love you.

    Reply
  31. Diane Finney Marrs

    You have lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Marsha, I remember those summer nights that we learned to dance on your driveway. Jimmy will be missed by all that knew him. God be with you.

    Reply
  32. Kim Halcomb Cowart

    Mrs. Becky and family, My Jimmy was a kind man. He will be missed by many. May God provide peace during this sad time and may all the wonderful memories help your comfort your hearts.

    Reply
  33. Steve Cooper - Chattanooga

    Jimmy left his mark on the world of the “ideal People pleaser” with his kindest toward everyone!
    He was such a pleasure to be around over so many activities since early days in school thru all the 64′ Class gatherings. He will be sadly missed by all. Becky, Marsha, & family you are in our thoughts during these times. RIP Jimmy!

    Reply
  34. Jim Thiltgen

    Jimmy was a fixture in the public housing community in Tennessee for decades–always well informed, always current, always forward looking, always caring about his residents. And always a friend and always with a sense of humor. I can only imagine what an anchor he has been for his family and his community all these years. We are all the better for having known him.

    Reply
  35. Anita Johnson

    Jimmy Bills has been one of the best friends you could ever hope to have. He always had a smile and something good to say. He cared about us all and his memory will always be treasured. Prayers for Becky, Jeff, Kim, Marsha and all the family.

    Reply
  36. Linda Gatlin

    Becky, your children, all your family and Marsha are all in my thoughts and prayers, this news hurts my heart so. I cannot express the hurt I feel for you in words, I wish I could. Sometimes the loss just makes you feel like your heart just can’t beat another beat or you surely cannot take another breath. What a tremendous loss! My love to you and all Jimmy’s family. God bless you and strengthen you all. Linda (Gammon) Gatlin

    Reply
  37. Terry Cunningham

    So sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. A real gentleman and dedicated servant to his community.

    Reply
  38. Wanda Jennings Preston

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of Jimmy’s family and all who loved him. Praying God’s tender mercies on all of you.

    Reply
  39. Dennie & Betty Jo Massey

    Becky and family May God be with each of you In the loss of your love one. We have you in our prayers

    Reply
  40. Judy Warren

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for Becky, Jeff and Kim and their children, and the extended family and friends. The class of 1964 will certainly miss Jimmy.

    Reply
  41. Jimmy and Janice Towry

    I have known Jimmy since grade school. I had the utmost respect for him and will be praying for Becky and the family.

    Reply
  42. Wanda Shelton

    I still cannot believe this is true. To Becky and the entire family–God bless you as you all. I loved working with Becky and Jimmy was just one of the best people. I am praying for your family.

    Reply
  43. Nancy Woods

    I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy have known him for all these years from when we went to school together so many years ago. I will be praying for Becky and the rest of the family.

    Reply
  44. Karen Karch Gilliam

    My heart aches for the entire Bills family. Having known him most of his life, I can say he was loved by all who knew him. Our CHS Class of ’64 void can never be filled. Until we meet again, rest in peace, my friend.

    Reply

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Memories

44 Comments

  1. Toni Locke

    Becky and family,
    Know that you are being lifted in prayer with much love by all who knew Jimmy and have loved your family over the years. Your hearts are breaking, I am sure, but there is much joy in knowing what joys and how much love you have shared with each other and with your friends.

    Reply
  2. Donna Baumgartner

    I love this picture of Jimmy – this is how he always looked ~ what a fine and kind man. I was fortunate to work with Jimmy for 19 years and he always treated me with dignity and respect while offering guidance and leadership. A true loss. Blessings to his family that he loved so dearly.

    Reply
  3. Lewis Webb

    Sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Bills. When I started my career as a CPA he was one of the role models I aspired to be. Prayers for his family.

    Reply
  4. Sissy Parks

    So sorry for your loss and there are not enough words to express what a wonderful man Jimmy was. I have known him my entire life and will miss his wonderful smile and greetings when he was walking around the neighborhood.

    Reply
  5. Linda M Edmiston

    Mrs. Becky and family, I am sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

    Reply
  6. Betty Lou Dunivan

    Remembering Jimmy’s wonderful and gentle soul and that great smile will forever remain in the hearts of his friends and wonderful family. May he rest in peace. Memories are forever. Blessed be!

    Reply
  7. Susie Shewry Kutchi

    Sympathy and love being sent to all of Jimmy’s family. I have fond memories that began on Hatcher Drive and continued through high school of Jimmy, Marsha, & Becky. May you all find peace and keep Jimmy alive in your memories.

    Reply
  8. Gloria Bartlett Sanders Class of '64

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  9. Ann Small Malhoit

    To Becky and family, my heartfelt sympathy and prayers . Jimmy was a wonderful person and he is truly unforgettable.

    Reply
  10. Barry West

    I am sorry for your lost, Mr. Bills was a great neighbor and friend , he will be dearly missed

    Reply
  11. david ready

    Becky and family, I hope the many happy memories you have of Jimmy comfort you now and in the future. God bless all you.

    Reply
  12. Sandra K Netherland

    So sorry to hear this news. Jimmy and Becky and children were our neighbors for a lot of yrs.. and we enjoyed them. My sister who has passed was in their class. Our town has lost a wonderful friend and my prayers go out to this family!

    Reply
  13. Harold Rudd

    The picture is a perfect memorial of how I remember him. Laughing, smiling, enjoying the company of friends. May your hearts be lifted by the wonderful memories of your time together, and the knowledge he was loved and respected by so many and left a positive legacy for all.

    Reply
  14. Juanita and Anthony McElroy

    From the McElroy Family We are so sorry for the loss of your love one.We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    Reply
  15. Denelda Price

    So sorry to hear the passing of Jimmy. I pray that God comfort you and your family during this difficult time. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, he shall sustain thee.” Psalms 55:22

    Reply
  16. Jimmy and Diane Buchanan

    Dear Becky, Marsha and Family,

    Our community has lost a wonderful, kind, cheerful and loving man. He never failed to have a smile whenever we saw him. May God lend you comfort and healing during this very difficult time. Jimmy and Diane

    Reply
  17. Dickie and Laura (Morriss) Willard, Apex, NC

    We had the honor of meeting Jimmy and Becky while visiting my sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Jack Raby. We knew immediately why Sarah and Jack were such good friends with them. We’ve heard so many wonderful stories of Jimmy over the years…one of them how he faithfully and lovingly took care of Becky. He will not only be missed by his family, but by his many dear friends who loved him like family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all…God bless and comfort you.

    Reply
  18. Frank & Sybil Baker

    So sorry for your loss Becky. Prayers go out to you and your family, Jimmy will be greatly missed by his family ,and, his many friends.

    Reply
  19. Dickie and Laura (Morriss) Willard, Apex, NC

    We had the honor of meeting Jimmy and Becky while visiting my sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Jack Raby. We knew immediately why Sarah and Jack were such good friends with them. We’ve heard so many wonderful stories of Jimmy over the years…one of them how he faithfully and lovingly took care of Becky. He will not only be missed by his family, but by his many dear friends who loved him like family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all…God bless and comfort you.

    Reply
  20. Ben King

    Never met a nicer, happier man (or person for that matter). My heart aches for you Becky and you Marsha. Let the memories you have be the comfort you need – don’t shy from them – embrace them. Count on God through it all.
    Benny King

    Reply
  21. Ronald Robinson

    Mr. Bills will be missed by a number of people. He has been a star in my corner, helping me to learn my job with public housing and just being a very good mentor and friend. Prayers and sympathy go out for the family.

    Reply
  22. Dennis and Marie Caldwell

    Becky, Marsha and family so sorry for your loss. Jimmy will be missed not only by his loving family but by the many, many friends he has made over the years. May God fold you in his loving arms during this difficult time.

    Reply
  23. Dotsy Royal

    Becky and family, we are so sorry to hear about Jimmy. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all. Sending our love and hugs.

    Reply
  24. Shirley Smith Jeans Vliet

    Jimmy. He was such a fine person and friend.I was shocked to hear of Jimmy’s death. May God look over Becky, Kim,Matt, and Jeff, Brittany, and
    Family.

    Reply
  25. Shirley Smith Jeans Vliet

    I am so sorry for Becky and family for the death of Jimmy . I have been so shocked to hear we have lost such a great man and friend. May God look over each of you.

    Reply
  26. Billy &Patsy

    Sorry for your loss. we are remembering the family in our prayers.

    Reply
  27. Gay Parsley

    So very sorry about your loss. Jimmy was such a nice and very friendly person to all. My “Condolences” to Becky and family.

    Reply
  28. Susan & Ron Arrick

    Becky and family, you have our deepest sympathy. So saddened to learn this heartfelt news about Jimmy. He was such a wonderful person , always wearing a smile. Our hearts and prayers are with you in this time.

    Reply
  29. Ms. Fonda Askins Blair

    Becky, I send my heartfelt condolences to you & your family. Though he is physically gone his memories are forever & may you find peace in the knowledge that he loved you deeply and would have wished to stay longer with you. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Your husband was an outstanding man.
    Your husband, will be greatly missed! It was an honor to have known such a great person & I will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. Jimmy came by to comfort our family at the passing of both of my parents. He was always a compassionate, caring servant & Christian man. He always had a smile & displayed compassionate concern for everyone. His life was a blessing & his memory a treasure.
    Becky, your children & all your family & Marsha will be in my prayers. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

    Reply
  30. Linda Jennings

    To one of the most devoted friend and husband you could ask for. The “class of 64” will surely miss him. Becky and family we love you.

    Reply
  31. Diane Finney Marrs

    You have lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Marsha, I remember those summer nights that we learned to dance on your driveway. Jimmy will be missed by all that knew him. God be with you.

    Reply
  32. Kim Halcomb Cowart

    Mrs. Becky and family, My Jimmy was a kind man. He will be missed by many. May God provide peace during this sad time and may all the wonderful memories help your comfort your hearts.

    Reply
  33. Steve Cooper - Chattanooga

    Jimmy left his mark on the world of the “ideal People pleaser” with his kindest toward everyone!
    He was such a pleasure to be around over so many activities since early days in school thru all the 64′ Class gatherings. He will be sadly missed by all. Becky, Marsha, & family you are in our thoughts during these times. RIP Jimmy!

    Reply
  34. Jim Thiltgen

    Jimmy was a fixture in the public housing community in Tennessee for decades–always well informed, always current, always forward looking, always caring about his residents. And always a friend and always with a sense of humor. I can only imagine what an anchor he has been for his family and his community all these years. We are all the better for having known him.

    Reply
  35. Anita Johnson

    Jimmy Bills has been one of the best friends you could ever hope to have. He always had a smile and something good to say. He cared about us all and his memory will always be treasured. Prayers for Becky, Jeff, Kim, Marsha and all the family.

    Reply
  36. Linda Gatlin

    Becky, your children, all your family and Marsha are all in my thoughts and prayers, this news hurts my heart so. I cannot express the hurt I feel for you in words, I wish I could. Sometimes the loss just makes you feel like your heart just can’t beat another beat or you surely cannot take another breath. What a tremendous loss! My love to you and all Jimmy’s family. God bless you and strengthen you all. Linda (Gammon) Gatlin

    Reply
  37. Terry Cunningham

    So sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. A real gentleman and dedicated servant to his community.

    Reply
  38. Wanda Jennings Preston

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of Jimmy’s family and all who loved him. Praying God’s tender mercies on all of you.

    Reply
  39. Dennie & Betty Jo Massey

    Becky and family May God be with each of you In the loss of your love one. We have you in our prayers

    Reply
  40. Judy Warren

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for Becky, Jeff and Kim and their children, and the extended family and friends. The class of 1964 will certainly miss Jimmy.

    Reply
  41. Jimmy and Janice Towry

    I have known Jimmy since grade school. I had the utmost respect for him and will be praying for Becky and the family.

    Reply
  42. Wanda Shelton

    I still cannot believe this is true. To Becky and the entire family–God bless you as you all. I loved working with Becky and Jimmy was just one of the best people. I am praying for your family.

    Reply
  43. Nancy Woods

    I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy have known him for all these years from when we went to school together so many years ago. I will be praying for Becky and the rest of the family.

    Reply
  44. Karen Karch Gilliam

    My heart aches for the entire Bills family. Having known him most of his life, I can say he was loved by all who knew him. Our CHS Class of ’64 void can never be filled. Until we meet again, rest in peace, my friend.

    Reply

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