Mr. John Willis “Billy” Hatley, 82, of Orange Grove Road in Chapel Hill, peacefully passed away January 22, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Mr. Hatley was born in Chatham County on December 24, 1930, the son of the late John Manley Hatley & Pauline Lassiter Hatley. Through a chance meeting in a taxicab, Billy gazed upon the former Daisy Mae Hunt and was certain that it was “love at first sight.” Billy was a hard working plumber who retired from Knight Construction. Billy had a penchant for eating sweets, playing cards & listening to bluegrass music. Some of his favorite television past-times were watching westerns or wrestling matches. On any given day, you might find Billy hanging out at Al’s Garage & it was a rare occasion that he was apart from his cat, Tifa.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Daisy Hatley; his two daughters, Vickie Ann Hatley and her husband, Rex, of Georgia & Deborah Lynn Hatley of Pittsboro, NC; his three grandchildren, Richard Brown, Crystal Waddell & Teresa Tackett; & his six great-grandchildren, Kevin, Michael, Devin, Hailey, William & Tinsley. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hatley was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine Meacham & his grandson, Michael Brown.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Pittsboro, with Pastor John Covington & Rev. Gail Smith of UNC Hospice. The family will receive friends at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro from 6- 8:00 PM on Saturday.
Online condolences may be left at www.hallwynne.com, select “Obits”.
Arrangements for Mr. John “Billy” Hatley are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.