Billy Gene Grace Jr

May 15, 1967 ~ September 26, 2019

Born in: Johnson City , TN
Resided in: Gray , TN

Billy Gene Grace Jr, age 52, ran into the arms of his Savior on September 26, 2019, from the Johnson City Medical Center, where a massive stroke pushed him to the gates of Heaven. Billy was born May 15, 1967, to parents Billy Gene Sr and Earnestine Grace, and a slew of four older and protective sisters.

Billy was a native of the Johnson City area his entire life, and at the young age of 16, Billy was hit head-on by a drunk driver. Billy was a Traumatic Brain Injury patient for the last 35 years. Billy battled to relearn how to walk, talk, and do even the basics of life. One thing that remained with Billy was his funny sense of humor and his charming personality. Even in his darkest days, he could light up a room with his spunk.

Prior to Billy’s traumatic accident, he was a stellar athlete. Nicknamed “Amazing Grace” by his classmates, Billy was a joy to watch and provided many wonderful years to his friends and family while watching him play baseball and basketball. Billy proudly graduated from Daniel Boone High School in 1985 where he received a standing ovation for being the “Amazing Grace” and an inspiration to us all.

Billy Gene’s family includes parents Billy Gene Sr and Earnestine Grace; sisters: the late Janet Fields, Emori Barnes (Eric), Alvina Ketron (Jeff), Suzanne Hunsinger (Todd); nieces and nephews: Angela Fields Newton (Chad), Jacque Ketron Lowe, Melinda Ketron Gouge (Matt), Erica Barnes Brooks (Cody), Jeffrey Fields, Erin Barnes (Katie), and Casey Luevanos. Billy also enjoyed his favorite great nieces and great nephews all of whom loved to help take care of him: Abigail Grace Lowe, Noah Crawford, Emma Gouge, Blake Lowe, Jonathan Newton, and Walker Brooks. Billy was also adored by several aunts and uncles, especially his favorite uncle Bruce Wilcox Sr and special cousin Johnny Wilcox.

Billy was preceded in death by his grandparents, the late Emery Bradshaw and Dorothy Mays, and Howard and Oma Grace.

Billy’s family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. A funeral will follow immediately at 6:00 p.m., under the direction of Pastor Buddy Cretsinger. The committal service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery (687 Pleasant Grove Road, Limestone, TN 37681).

Memorials may be made to Crumley House (300 Urbana Rd, Limestone, TN 37681 or

Pall Bearers will be Eric Barnes, Todd Hunsinger, Jeff Ketron, Matt Gouge, Darren Lowe, Cody Brooks, and Jeffrey Fields.

Morris Baker Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Grace family. Grace family address is 173 Lakeview Street, Gray, TN 37615.


Visitation: September 29, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Funeral Service: September 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Committal Service: September 30, 2019 11:00 am

Pleasant Grove Cemetery
687 Pleasant Grove Road
Limestone , TN 37681

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Billy Gene Grace 's name.

Crumley House

300 Urbana Rd
Limestone , TN
(423) 257-3644

Memories Timeline


  1. Nancy Wyatt says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Brenda Saylor says:

    My thoughts and prayers with each of you during this difficult time.
    Cherish all those good memories……Billy was such a sweetheart and
    Everybody loved him!

  3. Mitzi Gillin says:

    Prayers sent to the family

  4. Karen Conero says:

    Prayers to the family.

  5. Lynice Broyles says:

    Sincere sympathy and love

  6. Patricia Hudson says:

    billy R.I.P you will be dearly missed ;prayers for the family

  7. Linda McEwen Cole says:

    I am so very sorry about Billy.My thoughts and Prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time.

  8. Velma Oxendine says:

    Billy is at Peace now. He is in a world where love goes on and on and he isn’t suffering.

  9. Terri Elliott and family says:

    Hey Billy say hey to our Aunts and you’ve sister

  10. Vicki Hill says:

    Many prayers going on for all of the Family, Billy was a blessing to have lived this long so he could enjoying his family. Continued Prayers for all of you

  11. Vicki Hill says:

    Many prayers going on for the Grace Family, run free Billy

  12. Vicki Hill says:

    Thinking of you all, sending prayers, to all

  13. Andrew J. Heaton says:

    Billy I love you and will see you soon . Say hi to Mom Mother and all the other family that awaits our arrival. Until then cuz .R.I.P.

  14. Martha Price says:

    Will and I both want to express to the family how very sorry we are to hear about Billy’s passing. He was a sweet guy and had such a great sense of humor. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you during this very sad time.

  15. Martha Price says:

    Remembering all the fun times with Billy at the Crumley House and at camp. He was my good friend. I wish the family peace and love. Will Price

  16. Barbara Milhorn says:

    Prayers to the entire Grace family. This candle is for Billy, may he rest in peace.

  17. Jeff Johnson says:

    We are deeply saddened about the passing of my friend. We had lots of fun together. You will be sadly missed by me and missed by me and my mother. May God bless each of you.
    Prayers for all the family, Jeff & Norma Johnson

  18. Karen Barnard Broyles says:

    Praying for you all. Billy is now in the arms of the lord. Amazing Grace!

  19. Jessie Bradshaw says:

    Billy Gene, I love you and I’ll miss you always. At least you’re not hurting anymore. When you get to heaven tell Dad h how much I miss him. Rest in peace.

  20. Sonya Ketron Opachick says:

    R I P Billy Gene we all love you!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!! I love you all dearly!!

  21. Mike Kleffman says:

    RIP Amazing Billy Grace, Go Rest High on that Mountain. You will be missed. May God comfort your family during this time of mourning. Prayers for the entire Grace family.

  22. Michele Watson Adkins says:

    Billy was truly a precious person. While I was not among his closest friends, I attended Daniel Boone High School with him. Anytime I passed Billy, he always said hello and never was too busy for a hello in the hallway.

    One of my fondest memories is after the accident, but I cannot recall how long after the accident. I saw him in the hallway. I wondered if he would remember me when I saw him. I simply said hello. And he said, “Hi, Michele!” It made my heart feel so happy bc I would have missed those hellos in the school hall had he not.

    Billy was down-to-earth and never met a stranger.

    He touched my life each day with his smile.

    Your son and brother was a true blessing to so many. We were just lucky to met or walk alongside such a remarkable person.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. My very deepest heartfelt condolences.

    Michele Watson Adkins, DBHS Class of ’86

  23. Steve Reed says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the Grace family.

  24. Kathy Bradshaw says:

    Amazing Grace you’ve fought the fight, you’ve run your race, swing wide the gates I’m coming home.

  25. Bunny Street says:

    Bill, Earnestine and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Billy Gene. I know your hearts are grieving. My memory of Billy Gene is one of a young, good looking young man with the sweetest smile. I know he will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts. Sincerely, Bunny

  26. DeLona Osborne says:

    So sorry for your loss, prayers are with you

  27. Nathaniel lee heaton says:

    You where my best friend till a drunk driver took you from us you are 16 aging bull that is what your dad called you when we where boy s I am going to miss you I well see you soon Billy G Grace your cuz nath Heaton love you bro

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