William Ray “Billy” Fitzgerald

Friday, September 20, 2019

William Ray “Billy” Fitzgerald, 58, of Memphis, Tenn., passed away on Sept. 17, 2019. After a 16 month long battle with cancer the Good Lord called him home to be at peace. Billy will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Billy leaves behind his loving devoted wife and best friend of 28 years Connie McKinney Fitzgerald. He leaves his loving daughter Erica Brooke Wright, her husband Brooke Allen Wright, and his greatest pride and joy, and legacy, grandson Wesley Allen Wright of Hendersonville, Tenn.; and his dear mother in law Eunice “MeMe” Carter of Ashland, Miss. Billy leaves behind one sibling, Beth Ann Rothrock, her husband Taylor Rothrock of Germantown, Tenn., and nephew Russell Pilgrim Jr. of West Plains, Mo. Other family members include Caitlyn Bryan, Emily Fitzgerald, Beth Fitzgerald, two aunts, one uncle, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Fitzgerald, his mother, Glenna Cook Holmes, a sibling, Steven Scott Fitzgerald, and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

Billy loved life and had many friends who truly loved and adored him. He had a larger than life personality and always had a smile on his face. The majority of his career was spent in the hospitality industry in Tunica, Miss. Billy enjoyed spending time with his family, grilling, golfing, music and racing.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 20, at Carney Funeral Home: 1501 Byrum Road, Blytheville, AR 72315, with Dr. Jim Russell officiating. Visitation was at 1 p.m. and funeral service followed at 2 p.m. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at carneyfuneralhome.com.