Billy Wayne Gilcrease

Billy Wayne Gilcrease January 13, 1957 - March 16, 2023

Billy Gilcrease, age 66, of Center, Texas passed away on March 16, 2023 in Dallas, Texas after a brief illness. Billy was born January 13, 1957 in Lufkin, Texas. He started working at a young age at Moore Brothers Construction Company and later working for East Texas Asphalt at which he retired. He was married to his wife, Cheryl Gilcrease, for 29 years. Billy enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and hunting. His passion was fishing, but always looked forward to, and loved, spending opening day of dove season with his son, Billy Jr., every year.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Gilcrease, of Center; son, Billy Gilcrease Jr. and fiancé Hannah of Center; step-daughter, Sally Murphree and husband Justin of Center; step-son Jonathan Eshliman and wife Chelsea of Center. Grandchildren, Greyson Wayne Gilcrease, Hallie Emerson, Brittany LeValley, Kambree Murphree, Kye Murphree, and Wesley Murphree all of Center, Texas; Tessa Eshliman, Johnny Eshliman, and Harley Eshliman, of Shelbyville, Texas. Brother, Roy Gilcrease and wife Judy of Pollok; sister Linda Sue Gates and husband William of Lufkin. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Ethel Gilcrease; brothers, David Gilcrease, and Lynn Gilcrease; sisters, Bennie Phillips, Jo Pigg, and Jane Simmons. Please join us to celebrate the amazing life of Billy. We will gather to share some of our favorite memories and favorite stories and remember the wonderful husband, dad, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed, Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 2 p.m., at 578 County Road 1443 in Center, Texas. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

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