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MATTOON -- Billy Joe Jeffries, age 43, of Charleston passed away at 12:57 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Billy was born on July 6, 1974 in Mattoon the son of William Jeffries and Paula (Sanders) Padrick.

Survivors include his mother, Paula (Chuck) Padrick of Buffalo, MO; sister, Tracy Reed of Buffalo, MO; niece, Justine Lacey of Preston, MO; nephew, Brody Reed of Buffalo, MO; uncle Gary (Vicki) Sanders of Montrose, IL; cousins, Dara (Shane) Brady and their children, Lane and Cole and Jane (Rick) McNamer and their children, Bridgett and Katie. Billy was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Oscar and Pansy Sanders; uncles, Terry Sanders and Larry Sanders; and niece, Stacy Sanders.

Billy served honorably in the United States Army and Navy. He graduated from Mattoon High School, class of 1992. Billy earned Master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Wesleyan University. Billy taught Taekwondo for 25 years and was a body builder. He enjoyed karaoke and loved nothing more than spending his days with the love of his life, Alice. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Mattoon Community Food Center, 600 Moultrie Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

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