Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Lee Billings was born on Sept. 1, 1979, to his mother, now Eva M. Cooper, and father Robert L Billings, in Poteau. He lived in and went to school in both Poteau and Heavener and graduated from Poteau High School in 1997. He enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly thereafter at age 17. His mother, Eva M. Cooper, had to sign for him so he could enlist at that young age. He made the Army his career and had served 16 years and loved what he did. His last duty station was Fort Riley, Kan., as a member of Bravo Company 3-1 Aviation, First Infantry Division as a UH 60 Blackhawk pilot, and he was deployed in Afghanistan.
CW2 Billings and five other soldiers were killed on Dec. 17, 2013 when the Blackhawk helicopter they were in went down in southern Afghanistan.
CW2 Billings was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Hurschel and Wilma Jean Billings of Heavener; maternal grandmother, Viola Parsons Brown of Heavener; step-grandmother Shelly Waldron of Quinton.
He is survived by his wife, Ashley Billings of the home; his father Robert L. Billings of Heavener; mother, Eva M. Cooper and husband Richard of Poteau; younger brother, Scotty Jacob Woodral of Poteau; maternal grandfather, George Lee Waldron of Quinton, a step-grandfather Mike Brown of Poteau; an ex-step-mother Sheryl Brown of Heavener; as well as an ex-step farther and true friend, Gary Heavener of Poteau; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.
CW2 Billings was laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery near Inverness, Fla., on Jan. 4, 2014.
Due to the distance to the funeral, many family members and friends from this area could not attend the service; therefore a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.
CW2 Randy Lee Billings will be honored by the Oklahoma Army National Guard, Choctaw Nation Color Guard, local DAV, The Patriot Guard Riders and other organizations. Everyone is welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Randy’s memory may be directed to: Wounded Warrior Project or The Fisher House Foundation in the name of CW2 Randy L. Billings.
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