Billy Joe Moffitt Sr., 77

Billy Joe Moffitt Sr. was born in Tippah County on July 25, 1935. He was the second of seven children born to the union of Roy Moffitt and Beulah Bennett Moffitt. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Moffitt, and survived by one brother, Roy Benton Moffitt and his wife, Norma, of New Albany as well as four sisters, Janice Willingham and husband, Tate, of Ripley, Shirley Bridges and husband, Tom, of Ripley, Jackie Goolsby and husband, Sonny, of Ripley, and Kay Moffitt of California.
Billy completed training for and served a time in the Mississippi National Guard.
On Dec. 24, 1955, Billy united in marriage to his longtime sweetheart and love of his life, Jo Ann Bennett of Ripley and has celebrated just short of 58 years together. To this union was born four children and two children came to this union by choice through adoption. Billy was preceded in death by his first-born son, Billy Joe Moffitt Jr., at the tender age of 17 months. Billy Joe is survived by three sons and two daughters, Steve Moffitt and wife, Julie, of Southaven; Jeff Moffitt of Carthage, Texas; Chris Moffitt and wife, Susan, of Ripley; Pamela Moffitt Bowman and husband, Jerry, of Ripley; and Amy Moffitt Horne and husband, Shane, of Southaven.
Billy was blessed with 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Billy Joe Moffitt was a talented athlete in his earlier years. He loved competing in the rodeo arena as a steer wrestler and bareback rider. Later, he was in great demand as a judge for the International Rodeo Association. In 1982 Billy not only served as a respected judge, but also as the state director for the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association.
He was also a very talented baseball player. Billy made a permanent mark with the Hernando-Desoto Fountain of Youth Baseball League, where in 1975 he held an impressive .600 batting average and was later inducted into their Hall of Fame. It is important to note the criteria for consideration into the Hall of Fame: Outstanding Achievement, Sportsmanship, Character and Overall Contribution to the League. That is the way Billy Moffitt lived his life, no matter what he did.
By trade, Billy began as a farmer with his father and later provided well for his family as a truck driver for several major freight companies, such as Roadway, Transcon and Jones Truck Lines and later, drove for several major movie productions. He left driving for a time to honorably serve as a Business Agent for Teamsters Local 667 in Memphis. Billy served in this capacity for about 17 years and was highly respected by his colleagues as well as those members in his charge.
Billy accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1958 and was baptized at Immanuel Baptist Church in Memphis. It was here that Billy assisted in the youth ministry of the church. He was currently a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Blue Mountain.
Billy Joe Moffitt Sr. entered his final rest and went home to be with his Lord on June 29, 2013, at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 4 days. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Following cremation, the family had a memorial service at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Interment will be held privately by the immediate family at a later date.
The family requests any memorials be made to Blue Mountain College SportsPlex Fund or the charity of choice.
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