Billy C. Oglesby


Billy C. Oglesby, age 87, of Rocky Face, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at his residence.
Bill was born on July 29, 1931 at home in Hatfield, Arkansas, the youngest of 8 children. He spent an adventurous childhood on the family farm. "I used to love to lie out on the front porch and watch the buzzards circling around and dream of flying." This dream would become the focus of Bill's life. Basketball and football filled his high school years at Mena High School and upon graduating, Bill immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force.
Bill spent fourteen years of active service in the Air Force, stationed at bases located in Korea, North Africa, Johnston Island in the South Pacific, England, Florida and Oregon. He extended his service in the US Army Reserve for six years, retiring a Chief Warrant Officer 2. In civilian life, Bill became a certified flight instructor with single, multi-engine and instrument ratings. He taught many people to fly. Bill also flew Fire Patrol for the Forest Service, sold Cessna airplanes and served as a corporate pilot.
In March 2019, Bill celebrated sixty-five years of marriage to Joyce Brown Oglesby. They both agreed the greatest blessing of their life together is the legacy left through their three children, Rick Oglesby (Kinsey) of Anniston, AL, Randy Oglesby (Carole) of Shelburne, VT and Kelli Oglesby Hunt (Kenton) of Williamsport, PA. These three unions produced eight beloved grandchildren: April (Kyle), Amy (Matt), Maclaren (Erica), Joseph (Alyssa), Haley (Tim), Ethan, Will and Ava, who all christened Bill as their "Pops". Pops was also so proud of his eleven great-grands: Carly, Olivia, Tucker, Riley, Reese, Raelyn, Rhett, Anna Claire, William, Birdie and Kinsley (with another "little sweetie" due in October).
Bill has one surviving sister, Opal Fields and brother-in-law, Captain Jacob C. Brown, USN retired.
Before his illness, Bill spent happy hours golfing, fishing, Civil War relic hunting and cheering on the Braves and Falcons. He enjoyed years as an usher at First Baptist Dalton and shared great camaraderie with the men of the of the Pastor's Sunday School class. In his last years Bill was most content relaxing in his zero gravity chair on the front porch of their Rocky Face home. He said it was like heaven there watching the hawks fly among the clouds and tracking the planes as they flew daily across the sky. We are happy you are now in heaven flying higher than you ever dreamed, Pops, but we will miss you and love you every day while we're still grounded here on earth.
Many thanks and appreciation to Amedisys Hospice and Georgia At Home Care caregivers.
To honor Bill's wishes there will be a private family memorial service held with his extended family at a later date.
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Funeral arrangements are by Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Rocky Face Chapel. For more information, call 706-272-9777.
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Edward Wade
Aug 12, 2019
I was sorry to learn tonight of Mr. Oglesby's passing in July. Our families lived next door together in Morocco. Any time i would pass by his home on base he would call out, "hey Eddie, come on in and have something to drink or eat!" I still have family movies of the family and his smile and his sitting in his outdoor chair saying, "I'm just sitting on top of the world!" Bless you sir and blessings to the family.