The measure of a man is not in height nor depth, length nor width. It is measured by the fingerprint he leaves behind on the lives of others for the Kingdom of God.
Some called him Daddy, Grandpa, Papaw, or Great Grandpa. But most people simply called him Paul.
Rev. Paul Billingsley, Jr., 79, of Sherwood passed away March 22, 2020. He was born November 17, 1940 in Pine Bluff to the late Paul and Ruby Billingsley. He had worked for Safeway and Harvest Foods, but his true calling was to the Ministry.
He is preceded in death by his wife of fifty seven years, Becky Billingsley, an infant grandson, Cullen Billingsley; and sister, Abby Oldner.
Survivors include two brothers, Jerry and Donnie Billingsley; his four children: Paula Kiani (Dan Miller), Sammy (Ginger) Billingsley, Randy (Denise) Billingsley, Sonya (Jeremy) Rogers; grandchildren, Parisa Kiani, Chelsea Kiani, Alex Gurevich, Chris Billingsley, Justin Billingsley, Leelan Billingsley, Randall Billingsley, Josh, Sam Billingsley Jr., Marie Schoff, Jimmy Dobbs, Gynnifer Heffington, Kaleigh Musgrove, Aaron Martin, Caleb Rogers, Jordan Osborn, Aaron Rogers, and 18 great-grandchildren; and many “Church Family Members.”
At age 19 he went to a revival and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. A year later, God called him to preach. In the early 1960’s, he received his general license to the United Pentecostal church in Arkansas district. In his early years of ministry he evangelized all over the state. He served as Assistant Pastor to the Marigold church, and for 40 plus year at Levy UPC, which is now known as Pershing UPCI, where he served until his passing.
Along the way, Rev. Billingsley was known to pick up “strays” that they considered as their own children, people that he knew needed strength, hope, or just a helping hand.Those lives you can still see his fingerprints on today. However, the reality is that they were a bigger joy to him than he was a mentor to them. Even in his last day as these “adopted” sons and daughters would come to see him, he would light up with joy to know he had a part in their lives.The measure of a man is never about him. It is about the next life he can touch. Heaven was always in his view, and he wanted to see everyone make it.
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An open visitation will be held on 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Smith-North Little Rock Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Private.
In the near future, the family will host a Celebration of Rev. Billingsley’s life at Pershing United Pentecostal Church, North Little Rock.
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