Billy Glenn Lunsford, formerly of Franklin County, died on Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Tallahassee.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nell Lunsford, his daughter Denise, of Tallahassee, his son Michael, of Spokane, Wash., and his son Greg (Traci) of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
He is also survived by his brother Rodney (Marillus) of Pace; his brother-in-law Gene Spears, Cantonment; seven grandchildren, Billy Lee (Shayla), Kellie, Germaine (Jacob), Morgan (Corey), Savannah, Jacob, and Emily; and four great-grandchildren, Adaline, Elijah, Waylon, and Mason.
Mr. Lunsford was preceded in death by his parents, Robbie Lester Lunsford, Sr. and Edna Bynum Lunsford; his brothers Robbie, Jr., Jimmy, Lomax, and Pete; his beloved sister, Gayle Lunsford Spears; his niece Linda Gayle Spears, and his nephew Wayne Lunsford.
Billy was born on August 16, 1932 in Slocomb, Ala. As a young child he and his family moved to Allentown, where he met his future wife, Nell.
He was a member of the Church of Christ on Margaret Street in Milton.
After graduating from Allentown High School in 1950, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After completing his tour in the Air Force, Billy and his wife returned to Santa Rosa County, where he began a long and distinguished 30-plus year career with the State of Florida. In 1964 Billy and his family moved to Apalachicola, where he continued to work for the state’s Department of Natural Resources until his retirement in 1987.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of Masonic Lodge 76 in Apalachicola, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1996. He was also a Shriner and member of the Shaddai Temple.
He enjoyed music, especially the old country standards and bluegrass music. For several years he and Nell owned a home in Rosine, Kentucky, where they enjoyed attending and volunteering at the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival. Mr. and Mrs. Lunsford forged many close friendships during their time in Rosine, and leave behind Cindy Robinson and Kathy Sanderfur, who bought and now live in the Lunsford’s “Old Kentucky Home.”
A service for Mr. Lunsford was held in Tallahassee on July, 8 with burial in Sumatra Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Lunsford’s honor to Big Bend Hospice (1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308) Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee assisted the family with their arrangements.