Billy Barnum, 79, of Amarillo, passed away March 23, 2020 at home with his wife at his side. Memorial services are pending at this time and will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home.
Billy was born April 19, 1940 in La Marque, Texas to Virgil and Cecil Barnum. He attended Amarillo College, where he obtained a degree for drug and alcohol counseling. Billy volunteered his time with the VA for five years, and then went on to help at the Amarillo Counsel of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Billy married his wife, Veronica, on April 16, 1998, and they spent 31 years together. Billy had many hobbies, including hunting, casino hopping, and good car show, along with coin shows and attending auctions. He was also an avid bowler, and was involved with three leagues when he was an active player. Billy would frequent Turkey, Texas to attend their Blue Grass Music Festival. His wife, “Bunny,” remembers how much he enjoyed their traveling together. They would collect shot glasses of places they would visit. Billy loved showing Bunny new places. He was known as a funny, sarcastic, and lovable guy. His wife remembers even during moments of physical pain, he never failed to look at her with his exuberant smile.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Barnum-Pacheco; and one granddaughter, Courtney DuBois.
Survivors include his wife, Veronica “Bunny” Barnum of the home; one daughter, Lisa DuBois of Morgantown, WV; one son, David Barnum of Fayetteville, AK; two stepsons, Steve Pacheco and wife Bonnie, and Larry Pacheco and wife Gloria, all of Tecolote, NM; one stepdaughter, Jonell Dufur and husband Daryl of Dalhart, TX; one stepson, Jason Berton and wife Laurice of Sydney, Australia; one sister, Micki Wollan of Dallas, TX; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
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