He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Frances Jean West; his parents; two sisters, Maxine Elizabeth West and Lillian Estella West; two brothers, Elbert Melvin West, Jr. and Donnie Fred West, Sr.; one granddaughter, Melissa Ann West; and one daughter-in-law, Pamelia Diane West.
Billy is survived by his son, Billy Gene West of Sunnyvale, TX; three daughters, Ruby Ayers of Hope, AR, LaWanda Mounts and husband Joey of Ozark, AR, and Lillian Thompson and husband Jeff of Grapevine, AR. He was lovingly called Papaw and Pappie by his 19 grandchildren; Penny Brown, Michelle (Jeff) Clendenen, John Northcut, Adam (Julie) West, Brooke (Tyler) Butler, Justin (Regina) Thompson, Joseph (Lizzie) Moring, Tim (Lydia) Mounts, Jason (Hope) Thompson, Jonathan (Shyana) Mounts, Lauren (Jonathan) Stubbs, Matthew (Skylar) Mounts, Faith (Louis) Koch, Natalie Mounts, Sarah Mounts, Eden Mounts, Angelica Mounts, and Bethany Mounts; and twenty-seven great-grandchildren, Blake, Alex, Colby, Katie, Jacob, Britney, Ashlynn, Bella, Drew, Levi, Alexandria, Maddie, Gideon, Dakota, Annabelle, Kenleigh, Emma, Rugbie, Hunter-Beth, Arrow, Raydon, Titus, Sophia, Eddie, Hannah, Elijah, and MillieAnn; and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Celebration of Life Ceremony will be Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Monticello, Arkansas. Family graveside burial will be in Oakland Cemetery prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children's Home.