Billy Joe Congrove
Billy Joe Congrove, 84, of Kingston, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2023 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 27, 1938, in Hallsville, the son of the late Eldon Franklin and Isabel Lily (Kerns) Congrove, Sr.. On March 16, 1957, he united in marriage with his loving wife of 66 years, Patricia (Lunsford) Congrove, who survives.
Billy Joe is also survived by his daughter, Linda Congrove; grandchildren, Julie (BJ) Bass, David Congrove, and Bradley Congrove; siblings, Eldon “Buck” (Joyce) Congrove, Roy Congrove, Joyce Bivens, and Dean Congrove; sister-in-law, Wilma Boyd; and numerous other special family members and friends whom he cherished.
In addition to his parents and his in-laws Harrison and Carrie Lunsford, Billy Joe was preceded in death by his son, Michael Congrove; sister-in-law, Alice Congrove; special nephews, Dan Congrove and Roy A. Congrove; and many other special family members and friends.
Billy Joe was a 1956 graduate of Kingston Union High School. He retired from DuPont of Circleville after 41 years of service; he enjoyed his job and made many lifelong friends there. Billy Joe was a founding member of the Colerain Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. In his spare time he was a student of history and current events and was a wealth of information about both. He also was an avid gardener and he liked to share his bounty with family and friends. He often delivered freshly picked tomatoes to elderly friends who looked forward to their weekly deliveries.
Billy Joe had an infectious smile and good sense of humor; that was especially evident when he would recall special or fun memories, often around a holiday dinner table. His family loved hearing the memories as much as he loved reliving them. Billy Joe was very family-oriented and shared loving, close relationships with his wife, son, daughter, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He had many close friends and he never met a stranger. While Billy Joe’s family is heartbroken that he is no longer with them, they are comforted by the fact that he is now in the arms of Jesus with his son and very best friend, Mike.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the HILL FUNERAL HOME, Kingston with Rev. Barry Bennett and Mr. Willie Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Kingston. The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 - 7 p.m. at Hills. Memorial contributions may be made in Billy Joe’s honor to the Ross County Humane Society (2308 Lick Run Rd #A, Chillicothe, OH 45601), ALS Association of Central and Southern Ohio (1170 Old Henderson Rd #221, Columbus, OH 43220), American Heart Association (9825 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242), and National Church Residences Hospice (681 E 3rd St, Waverly, OH 45690). Condolences can be made on Billy Joe’s online guest registry at www.hillfhkingston.com.
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