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Billy Ross Edwards

d. December 11, 2021

Billy Ross Edwards, age 92, of Greenview, passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born May 31, 1929 in Greenview, Illinois at his home.

Billy Ross married Betty Joan Wilken on January 10 of 1952. After her passing he later married Pamela Ware on April 10 of 1997.

Mourning his passing are his wife, Pamela; children, Cindy (husband Steve) Rankin, Kathy (husband Ron) Tobias, and Dan (wife Donna) Edwards; step-children, Timothy (wife Sharon) Ware, Charlyn (husband Brady) Atkins, and Cindy (husband Todd) Nash; grandchildren, Wendy Florence Underwood, Becky (Matt) Langan, Jeffrey (Kelsie) Tobias, Kevin (Kayla) Tobias, Greg (Courtney) Edwards, Alyssa (Brad) Tucker, and Jared (Robert) Edwards; step-grandchildren, Jake Ware, Justin Ware, Cade Nash, Avie Nash, Ambree Atkins, and Iyla Atkins, and many great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Joan in 1995; a sister, Ellen Edwards; a brother, Dale Edwards; and infant brother, Marion.

Billy Ross was a farmer for his entire life.  He and his first wife continued a third generation family butchering business known as Edwards Meats.

He was an avid car enthusiast belonging to the Railsplitters Car Club, belonged to the AMVET bowling league, card club, enjoyed traveling, camper traveling, listening to music, fishing, ballroom and square dancing, and enjoyed raising German Shepherds.

He was a member of the Greenview Christian Church and Greenview United Church, where he served as Elder, Deacon, and board member.

Billy Ross was a previous AMVET member and past Commander.

He served in combat for the US Army in Korea from August of 1951until May of 1953.

Visitation for Billy Ross will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021 from 9:00 until time of funeral services at 11:00 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

Memorial contributions can be made to Springfield Honor Flight, Menard County Rescue Squad, or Menard County EMS.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. John and I would like to give our sympathy to your entire family. We will fondly remember Billy Ross as a wonderful person and neighbor.

  2. So sorry for your loss Kathy. Prayers for all your family and you. God Bless

  3. Forty years ago I rented a trailer behind Billy Ross’s house. I loved living there, he had a mean pair of geese, tried to get me on a horse and once he had to get the hogs up so I could get out and go to work, it was a great adventure for a town girl😂. I remember that time very fondly.

    Cindy and Kathy, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a good, good man.

    Pam Kenoyer Irving

  4. I remember Billy Ross very fondly and he was always smiling. He was always upbeat and positive and was never in a bad mood. He always had a joke to tell. I pray for healing for your family and comfort knowing he is at home with His Father.

  5. Our sincere sympathies to the Edwards families, so sorry to hear of Billy Ross’s passing!! Prayers for your family❤️❤️

  6. So sorry for your lost! I have found memories of all the sleep overs at your house as a young kid! Whenever Billy needed shingles he always stopped by to see me. Billy could make tasty pork rinds. He will be missed. You all are in our prayers. In God we Trust.

  7. Our sincere condolences to Mr Edwards’s entire Family. He was a long time active member of our car club and his presence will be sadly missed.

  8. I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of my birthday buddy. His kind heart, smile, and twinkle in his eyes when he teased will be greatly missed. I’m thinking and praying for my sister dear, Pam, and all of the family.

  9. My deepest sympathy to your family. Billy Ross and his cheerful smile will be dearly missed by so many.

  10. Cindy, Kathy, Danny, and Pam, my prayers are with you. His passing feels like an end to that generation of Edwardses. I have so many memories of Billy Ross, from a sleigh ride as a child, to the many German shepherds he raised (my favorite being Toby) to the care that he offered to my mother and dad after Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He and Dad were “best buds” growing up on Edwards’ farms, in part I think because they were nearer in age than Billy Ross was with his siblings. For some strange reason, though, the memory that sticks out is Dad and Billy Ross capturing would-be gas thieves on the farm in the middle of the night, confronting them with shotguns and in their pjs. He will be greatly missed and I wish I had made it back to Illinois more often to see him.

  11. So sorry for your loss. May you have fond memories.

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