Billy Erwin Etheridge

Billy Erwin Etheridge

September 14, 2021, 89, Goldsboro –

Billy Erwin Etheridge, 89, transitioned from the presence of his earthly home to his eternal home on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Wayne County on May 4, 1932, he was the son of the late Willie Spicer Etheridge and Bessie Spell Etheridge.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Worley Etheridge; sons, Steven Spicer Etheridge and Timothy E. Etheridge; and all of his siblings.

Billy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Christine Hill Etheridge; daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Dennis Fail and Kim and Steve Bogue; son, Scott Etheridge; grandchildren, Jenna Stokes (Jess), Joshua Fail (Lauren), Jordan Bogue, and Christopher Etheridge (Jessica); great-grandchildren, S.J. Stokes, Arah Fail, and Jackson Etheridge.

Billy proudly served his country in the United States Army. The true definition of an entrepreneur, Billy owned and operated several business ventures during his 89 years. Billy was affectionately known by family and friends as “The Land Man.”

Billy was a dedicated and faithful member of Victory Free Will Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and served Him through his church and his membership with The Gideons International.

A graveside service to celebrate Billy’s life will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday at Wayne Memorial Park with his pastor, Rev. Mike McAuley officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Gideons International, Goldsboro North Camp, P.O. Box 10093, Goldsboro, NC 27532. You may also honor Billy’s life by a sharing a kind word or deed with someone in need.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. – Matthew 25:21 KJV

Arrangements have been entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to