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In Memory of

Billy Ray Carver

December 31, 1934 - March 17, 2015

Obituary


Billy was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico to William and Jewel Carver on 12/31/1934 - he was two hours away from being a New Year's baby in 1935. He was the oldest of 6 kids including Warren, Flora Lou, Bryan, Herman and Carolyn.

Billy's full legal name is Billy Ray Carver. He was named after a character in a child's story book his mother read as a child.

As a kid, Billy enjoyed playing jokes on family members. One prank in particular involved their Uncle Earl. Earl had bought a brand...

Billy was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico to William and Jewel Carver on 12/31/1934 - he was two hours away from being a New Year's baby in 1935. He was the oldest of 6 kids including Warren, Flora Lou, Bryan, Herman and Carolyn.

Billy's full legal name is Billy Ray Carver. He was named after a character in a child's story book his mother read as a child.

As a kid, Billy enjoyed playing jokes on family members. One prank in particular involved their Uncle Earl. Earl had bought a brand new Hudson and was showing it off at a family event. He was bragging on what a great car it was and how well it ran. When Uncle Earl was not around, Billy, his brothers, Warren and Bryan and one of their cousins jacked up the car, placing blocks under the back axel. The tires were raised just off the ground but it appeared that the tires were still touching the ground. When Uncle Earl got in the car to leave, he waved at everyone watching, stepped on the gas and the car would not move. The wheels spun but the car would not move.

Billy entered the Navy and served aboard the USS Suribachi, which was an ammunitions ship. He used to say that other ships would give his a wide berth because if it went up, it would take out everything for miles around.

After returning from the Navy, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident which landed him in the hospital. It was there that he met twin nursing students. He fell in love with one of them and they married. Their first child, Christine, was born 10 months after the marriage. A year and four months later, a son, William Ray was born. The marriage did not last and he became a single father.

Billy worked hard to do things to make his kids happy. The favorite family, yearly summer trips were to Lake Tahoe and Virginia City. However, there were also trips to Yosemite and frequent trips to Disneyland. He loved being with his kids and spent every moment he could with them.

He worked for the LAUSD for a period of time as a janitor. However, he was not happy in the position and decided to learn barbering. He worked at night, went to barbering school during the day and obtained his license. Billy worked as a barber until he became ill.

Billy enjoyed motorcycles and astronomy. His favorite motorcycle was the Moto Guzzi. He owned several during his life time. He was an avid reader and loved the Cosmos series featuring Carl Sagan.

Billy had a soft spot in his heart for animals. At one point, a dove had laid her eggs in the upper level of his car port area. A stray cat had chased away the mother dove and she left the eggs behind. Billy brought the eggs into the house. He set up a makeshift incubator and ultimately the eggs hatched. He kept the baby birds close by and woke up every two hours during the night to feed the baby birds.