Billy Tennyson was a carpenter, Korean War veteran

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | 8:55 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Everybody loved Billy Tennyson, his friends and family said.

"He was always there," his daughter Tracy Simms said. "He taught everyone to be self-reliant."

Billy J. Tennyson of Columbia died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Tennyson was born May 10, 1933, to Abner J. and Mae (Nichols) Tennyson.

He married Kay Estes on July 28, 1956.

Mr. Tennyson was a carpenter, and for 55 years he was a member of the Carpenter’s Local Union 1925. He also belonged to Twilight Lodge and Aleppo Grotto.

Mr. Tennyson served in the Army during the Korean War as a searchlight operator.

Mr. Tennyson is survived by his three children, Billy Tennyson and his wife, Jane, Tracy Simms and her husband, Larry, Dana Tennyson and her husband, Tom; two sisters, Sue Pruessner and Donna Hullett; five grandchildren, Michelle Tennyson, Brandon Carter and his wife, Marly, Ashlee Carter and her husband, Dakota, Kayla Carter and her husband, Matt, and Taylor Krohn; four great-grandchildren, Brandon Carter, Leona Crites, Julian Garrett, Darius Wright and another one on the way; and three sisters-in-law, Marie Johnson, Sonnie Estes and Eileen Tennyson.

His brother Harold and sister JoElla died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Service will follow at 1 p.m. with a burial in Memorial Park Cemetery immediately after.

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