Billy A. Gilliland, 86, passed away on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Memorials: The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

Billy was born in San Antonio on June 8, 1931. He served as a licensed plumber for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 100 for 42 years, where he also served terms on the Finance Committee and the Executive Board. After retirement, he served as the commissioner of Ellis County Emergency Services District #6 as a volunteer for 15 years. Billy was married to the love of his life, Jo Pat Gilliland, for 67 years.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dana Dickerson; and parents, William and Emma Gilliland.

Survivors: Sons, Gary Gilliland and wife, Lisa, Tim Gilliland and wife, Karen, David Gilliland and wife, Vicki, Chris Gilliland, and Paul Gilliland and wife, Cyndi; sister, Virginia Gaetano; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.