Mr. Billy Fleming, 86, of Port St. Joe, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 15, 1932 in New Brockton, AL to J.D. and Beulah Fleming. A graduate of Port St. Joe High School in 1949, Billy then attended Florida State University where he played football for two years. As a long-time member and faithful servant at First Baptist Church, he served in many capacities and will be dearly missed. Billy is best remembered for his time at St. Joe Paper Company, where he worked for over 40 years, his love of St. Joe Athletics, and his love for cutting grass. As voice of the Sharks for 35 years, Billy was the original Number One Shark Fan. Known as “Papa” to his many grandchildren, Billy led his family with a strong loving hand.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 63 years, Betty Ruth (Wilder) Fleming. He is survived by his children, Jan Nobles (Teedy) of Port St. Joe, FL, Jay Fleming (Diane) of Murfreesboro, TN and Ruth Mathews (Tad) of Palmetto, FL; siblings Jadine Ellis, Donna Lee (Bobby) and Dewy Fleming (Jo); sisters-in-law, Irene Ramsey, Pat Hidalgo, Susan Wilder and brother-in-law Walter Wilder; grandchildren, Bobby Nobles (Kim), Missy Ramsey (Eric), Sunshine Mathews, Matt Mathews (Megan), Micah Mathews (Stephanie), Andrew Fleming (Treena), Amanda Rollins (Doug) and Alex Fleming; great-grandchildren, Katie, Austin, Lee, Rainey, Mattison, Erica, Maddox, Maybrie, Easton, Nate, Everlee and Jaykob. Mr. Fleming is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., EST, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe. Interment followed in Holly Hill Cemetery. Mr. Fleming’s grandsons and great-grandsons served as pall bearers. Honorary pall bearers were the Deacons of First Baptist Church. The family sends out all of their love and thanks to Billy’s grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Bobby and Kim Nobles for their love, care and sacrifice during his last few years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe Facility Update Fund, in memory of Mr. Fleming. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted at www.southerlandfamily.com
Southerland Family Funeral Home