Billy J. Markland, Jr.


1 May 1956 – 10 November 2022

Billy, dedicated husband, father, and friend passed away Thursday evening, 10 November 2022, at the young age of 66 in his Overland Park, Kansas, home with his wife and daughter at this side. He had put up an admirable fight against esophageal and liver cancer. 

Billy was born and raised in Martin County, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his parents, Peggy Hardison Markland and Bill J. Markland, Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Maureen; his adored daughter, Mary Lucille “Lucy” Markland, currently of County Cork, Ireland; his loving sister, Diane Markland Sottilare of Williamston, North Carolina; and his loyal cat of 11 years, Salem. 

Billy graduated in the class of 1974 from Williamston High School where he was on the football team and the academic competition team. Initially starting his career at Carolina T&T, Billy had retired from Sprint corporation after 30 years. His degrees in electronics and telephony along with his natural talents and abilities made him an exemplary problem solver in his position as Sr. Systems Analyst.  After retirement, Billy went to work at the local Home Depot tool rental shop where he enjoyed the friendships of his coworkers and helping his clients.

Billy was a historian at heart and reading and researching were his greatest loves. He made contributions to a number of authors and his work was included in their books and publications, including those from University of Oklahoma Press and Chico State University of California. One of his publications was the article, “Extract of New Haven losses during the British invasion papers of the continental congress” in the Connecticut Nutmegger Journal. As an anthropology professor (Chico State University) once told Billy, “Your tremendous amount of work was a major contribution to the gap in our understanding of the frontier military.”

He was endlessly proud of Lucy, always supporting her in her accomplishments and as she pursued her dreams. Billy passed on his deep love of animals to Lucy, prompting her career in animal welfare science. He never met a stray animal he didn’t bring home and make part of the family.


We honored Billy’s wishes to be cremated. A remembrance gathering will take place on 29 November 2022, Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30pm at the Vintage House, 7612 W 80th Street, Overland Park, KS, 66204. This is a cheerful, social open house. Please come relaxed and casually dressed; libations will be served. A large parking lot is right next to the Vintage House. 

Billy’s final resting place will be near his Grandma Lucy in the family cemetery plot by the fields and woods where he played as a boy, in North Carolina (1695 Fairview Church Rd, Williamston, NC, 27892). A service will be held there on Sunday, 5 February 2023 with more details to follow.

Memorial Contributions

He will be remembered fondly by many family members and friends and missed more than words can say. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution directly to the family to help defray the costs of bringing Billy back home to his final resting place.


  1. Kelly Chapman on November 27, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Maureen, thinking of you and Lucy and sending you both lots of love and hugs. I hope the memories of your wonderful family bring you much comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Donna Norman Bryant on November 22, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Maureen, Lucy, Diane, and Family,
    Mike and I were heartbroken to learn of Billy’s passing. Mike and I were one year behind Billy in school. Mike and Billy played football during high school. They played side by side in Mike’s Jr. Yr. and Billy’s Sr. Yr. I knew Billy through school and from working with his mom, Peggy, when I was a teenager. I knew exactly from whom Billy received his smarts and quick wit. His sense of humor was near my own…a bit to the left of center.
    We will never forget Billy. We’re just so very sorry to have lost him so young and we can’t imagine the pain you all feel.
    Our love and deepest sympathies, Mike and Donna Norman Bryant.

  3. Mimi Craynon Rainen on November 22, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Maureen, I hated to hear this sad news. I recall you as always cheerful, and Billy’s obituary explains at least part of the reason. A proud dad, an avid reader, a cat lover, a humorous North Carolinian, and your husband–he surely hated to leave the good life the two of you created together.

  4. Brooke Stratton on November 19, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Maureen, you and Lucy are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dedication is so thoughtful.
    Love and hugs,

  5. Vadonna Berry on November 19, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Maureen, I’m so sorry your loss. May his memory be a blessing. Vadonna

  6. Michael Rollins on November 19, 2022 at 3:59 am

    John Hughes could of used Billy as a character in one of his movies as a hidden gem in high school. The absolute most well read individual I’ve ever known. The most genuine person from Williamston HS period.
    I regret that Billy and I could not have attended Coach Mill’s 80th birthday party where we could have relived my telling Coach “Go to hell!” And Billy following with “Amen!”
    I’ll sadly pour one out for you my friend.

  7. Deb on November 18, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Oh Maureen, my heart is breaking for you and Lucy. Too young! You wrote a wonderful tribute to Billy. He was a special person and I know he will be missed. Prayers and good thoughts for you!

  8. Bob Lane on November 18, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Thinking of you and praying for strength and comfort.

  9. Jay Hollyman on November 18, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Maureen, so sorry to learn about your husband. May God bless you and your family.

  10. Diane Perkins on November 18, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Maureen, praying for you and your family during your time of losing a loved one.
    Diane Perkins

  11. dori Ficca on November 18, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Maureen~So very sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved husband. My deepest sympathies to you and Lucy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Gods blessings. Sincerely, Aunt Dori

  12. Julie Crain on November 18, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Maureen, all the best to you and Lucy during this difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

  13. Tom Heathcote on November 18, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    Maureen, Kay and I are praying for you and Lucy during your time of loss.

  14. Michelle Beaven on November 18, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Maureen— know that you and Lucy are in my prayers now and for the days to come.

  15. Deb Meyer on November 17, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Maureen, my thoughts are with you and Lucy during this very difficult time. This a beautifully shared story of Billy’s life and is honored with these kind words. The plan to take him home to NC sounds so peaceful. I won’t be able to attend the memorial service but will be thinking of you all. Deb

  16. Linda Holland on November 17, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Maureen, Lucy and family, I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. Billy put up a good fight and now he is pain free. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Take care of each other.

  17. Betty Wilson on November 17, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you, Maureen – and to all of Billy’s family and friends…

  18. Daniel Dervin on November 17, 2022 at 11:26 am

    My condolences to Maureen, Lucy and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  19. Lauriann Finstrom on November 17, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Heartfelt condolences to Maureen, Lucy and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. Gary Gardner on November 16, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    I was lifelong friends Billy’s family. I reconnected with Diane recently. Billy will be missed by many. Rest high up on that mountain. Your work here is done. Prayers for his family.

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