Billy J. Haislip, 88, self-taught musician who mastered piano and guitar

Billy J. Haislip
Billy J. Haislip

Mr. Billy J. Haislip, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Mr. Haislip was born in Robersonville, North Carolina. He was the son of Jim and Ruby Haislip. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and three sisters; son, Louis R. Haislip; and wife, Nellie Guill Haislip.

Mr. Haislip’s life was centered around his family and his church. A longtime resident of Virginia Beach, Mr. Haislip had a varied career. He farmed as a young adult prior to moving to Virginia, and he retired from Forrest Exterminating. He was a lay minister at Lighthouse Ministries of Suffolk, Virginia. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, gardening, singing, playing the piano and guitar and being with his church family. A self-taught musician, he learned to play both the piano and the guitar. He loved to sing, especially in church. An avid gardener, he always planted a large vegetable garden, and his family and friends enjoyed his produce every summer.

He is survived by his children, Wally Haislip (Linda) of Alpharetta, Georgia, Beverly Loewecke (Randy) of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Gerald Haislip and Doug Haislip (Cindy) of Virginia Beach and daughter-in-law, Lynn Haislip of Chesapeake; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Tony Haislip of Robersonville, North Carolina.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the employees of Bay Lake Retirement and Assisted Living Community and Interim Healthcare — Hospice Services for their loving care of their father and for their kindness to the family.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. A celebration of Mr. Haislip’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Wed., Oct. 16, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. Interment will follow the service in Rosewood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lighthouse Ministries of Suffolk, 6617 Holland Road, Suffolk, VA 23437.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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