James E. “Jimmy” Billingsley, 17, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013 at his home, following a courageous battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Disease. He was born January 10, 1996 in Elyria and was a lifelong Elyria resident.
Jimmy was a 2013 Elyria High School graduate and a avid NASCAR racing, Cleveland Browns Football, Los Angles Dodgers Baseball and Supermodified Racing fan.
Survivors include his parents, Jeff and Jean Billingsley of Elyria; brothers, Joe (Alison) Billingsley and Stephen Billingsley of Elyria; grandparents, Marie and Melvin Stocking of Wellington, Elaine and Gary Maurer of Wakeman and Jim and Bonnie Billingsley of Lorain; aunt, Dee (Gary) Comstock; uncle, Ed (Maureen) McKnight; nephew, Noah James Billingsley.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Leroy McKnight.
The family will receive friends Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 1 P.M. until the time of service at 3 P.M. at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria. The Rev. Kelvin Roberts will officiate. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119 or to the MDA, 7050 Engle Rd. Suite 100, Middleburg Hts., OH 44130.