Billy Earl Revell Sr.

2014-07-04T00:00:00Z 2014-07-05T15:05:07Z Billy Earl Revell Sr. The Billings Gazette
July 04, 2014 12:00 am

A legend has passed. Billy was born to Walter and Kathleen (Griffin) McCain in Ennis, Texas, on Oct. 26, 1935, and passed away quietly on June 24, 2014, in Billings. He was adopted by the man he would always know as his father, George (Smokey) Revell. His parents, Smokey and Kathleen, daughter Nanette and sister Dixie Revell preceded Billy in death.

His parents moved to Laurel when he was a child, and he graduated from Laurel High School. During his teen years, he was involved in sports and Golden Gloves boxing. After graduating, he married Vivian Overhuls. They were blessed with a daughter, Pam.

He then served in the U.S. Air Force and in 1962 was honorably discharged. He moved to Minot, N.D., where he met his second wife, Darlene LaFrance, and they were blessed with six children.

Billy returned to Montana in 1965, where he resided until his passing. Billy was manager of Polk City Directories, President-Business agent of the Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders Union Local 56 in Billings, past member of the Executive Board at the Billings Labor Temple, owned the 10 Inn outside of Park City, owned and operated Liberty Bail Bonds since 1979, Minister with 57 weddings under his belt.

Billy was a member of Ashlar Lodge #29, Al Bedoo Shrine, Al Bedoo Oriental Band (Sultan 3 Terms), American Legion Post #4, Elks Lodge and the Royal Order of Eagles.

In 2007, after being single for 39 years, Billy married the love of his life, Susan Foster. He often said she was his “trophy wife." They had many loving and wonderful years together.

Billy is survived by his wife, Susan Foster Revell; sister Fran (Al) Penny; sons Vance (Stacy) Revell, Kelly (Cindy) Revell, Billy E. Revell Jr. and Troy (Heather) Revell; and daughters Pam (Fuzzy) Wright and Shelly (David) Olson; stepchildren Dr. James (Stacie) Eastlick and Tammy (Mark) Leischner; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Al Bedoo Shrine Transportation Fund, 1125 Broadwater Ave., Billings, MT 59102.

A celebration of life will be held at the Al Bedoo Shrine on July 20 at 2 p.m. Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel is in charge of arrangements.

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