Longtime Soldotna resident William L. "Billy" Read died Monday at his home. He was 30.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Kiana Lane in Kenai.
Billy was born Dec. 22, 1979 in Anchorage. He graduated from Skyview High School in 1998. He worked 11 years for Alaska Waste, formerly Waste Management as a Roll-off truck driver and was a valued employee, known for being a hardworker with excellent work ethics and honesty. He always went that extra mile for the customers on his route.
Billy loved the beauty of Alaska, but also come to love Tennessee and had planned to join his family there next spring. He was a proud, adoring uncle of his three nephews and loved playing with them and doing things for them. The boys lovingly referred to him as "Be-Be."
Billy loved watching football, especially the Chicago Bears, his team since he was 3 years old. He also loved to play his Fender guitar and his harmonica. He delighted his family this spring with his singing and playing the guitar during his visit to Tennessee. He also enjoyed his trips down the Swanson River canoeing as did his Papa. Halibut fishing was also something he enjoyed. He also loved his mom's cherry pie. As siblings, Billy and Melinda were the best of friends throughout their lives. He held dear all his family, his parents, grandparents, sister and brother-in-law, nephews and others.
His family wrote: "Billy could find humor in any situation and always had a smile and a wave for all his friends. Most importantly, Billy knew our God by his name, Jehovah, (Psalm 83:18) and had a firm belief in the wonderful resurrection hope (John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15) and the paradise earth soon to come (Rev. 21:3,4). His favorite bible verses were 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, which in part says, "Love is kind ... Love hopes all things, endures all things ... Love never fails." Being a caring gentle person, he kept these verses in mind. He was adored by his family and friends and will be deeply missed. His family will miss his warm smile and the way he brought laughter to their lives."
Billy is survived by his parents, William and Debbie Read of Jonesborough, Tenn.; sister and brother-in-law, Melinda and Avery Pennington of Jonesborough, Tenn.; "Grampa" Jack and "Mimi" Loeta Jo Terrell of Mathis, Texas; uncle and aunt, Scott and Sherry Terrell of Mathis, Texas; and other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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