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James Billy DeShields

Dateline – Lanford, S.C.

James Billy DeShields, age 90, of 7994 Highway 92, Enoree, and widower of Lucy Jane DeShields, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the McCall Hospice House.

He was born at Lanford Station and was a son of the late Boyd and Edna Brooker DeShields.

Mr. DeShields was a US Army Veteran, a farmer, and a Greenville News carrier for 25 years. He attended Patterson Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, James DeShields and wife, Melissa, of Lanford; his daughter, Maria Wilhelm of Lanford; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. DeShields was predeceased by his daughter, Melissa DeShields Herman.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 30, at 2 p.m., at Patterson Chapel United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680, or to the Patterson Chapel United Methodist Church, 27390 Highway 221N, Enoree, SC 29335.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Gray Funeral Home of Laurens

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