Billy Sylvest

Published 2:52 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Billy Gene Sylvest, 88, was received by his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 31, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 15, 1928, in Alva, Fla., and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #101 in Franklinton. Billy was a lifetime devoted member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. After time in the National Guard, he later retired from AT&T in 1986 after 31 years of service. He spent his retirement years as a volunteer with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Campers on Mission, the North American Mission Board, and the Red Cross — traveling the U.S. and Canada rebuilding churches, helping people after disasters, and making friends across the nation.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanette Fisher Sylvest; daughter, Marian Sylvest Porter; son and daughter-in-law, David and Sherry Sylvest; grandchildren, Philip (Lindsey) Porter, Lauren (Matt) Farrand, Mitchell Sylvest and Austin Sylvest; great-grandchild, Michael Farrand; sister, Freda Welch; and brother, Lawrence (Nell) Sylvest.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cluster and Lucille Sylvest; brothers, Sammie Jay Sylvest and Joe Floyd (Ann) Sylvest; and son-in-law, Perry Alan Porter.

The family received friends and family at Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 4, with a service at noon and burial at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Kelly and the Rev. Paul Watts officiated.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Bethel Baptist Church or the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief.

A special thank you to St. Tammany Parish Hospice, Gladys Ard, and Ramona Creel for their excellent care and guidance.

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