Our hearts were irrevocably broken on March 7, 2019, when William (Billy) A. Lampley gained his angel wings unexpectedly at the age of 39.
Billy was born Jan. 6, 1980 at Al and Debbie Lampley in Redding, California. Billy was the middle child in between two sisters, Amber and Jennifer, blessed to be each other’s forever best friends. Billy was always a boy’s boy collecting reptiles and snakes in jars under his bed, playing with hot wheels and riding bicycles. He picked on his sisters and they lovingly returned the favor. Family was always the most important part of Billy’s life, and even as a young boy, he knew he wanted to grow up to be a dad and have a family.
When Billy was in third grade his family moved from Shingletown, California. He attended Smith River School and Del Norte High School. In 1998, during his junior year he met Miranda Thompson, they fell in love and ran away together during their senior year of high school. They moved to Redding, California and then Sacramento, California where he went to school for auto body repair. They finally moved back home to the coast in 2000 and settled in Brookings where they were married and had three precious children, Evangeline (Evie) in 2002, Toby in 2007 and Jacinda in 2008. Billy’s kids were his pride and joy. He devoted everything he had to his family and doted on his children and nephews: Daniel, Christian, Mitchell, Logan and Gentry.
Billy always worked very hard to provide for his family. He worked at the mill, Suiter’s Paint and Body, then became a correctional officer in early 2008, working at Pelican Bay State Prison until he passed.
Billy was known for so many things. One of the first things you’d always notice was his giant, genuine smile. He was always goofing off, playing around and making people laugh, and yes, still roughhousing with his sisters at a family BBQ. His own three Lampley kids mirror him with Amber and Jennifer.
Billy was extremely talented in all things automotive. He could fix anything on a vehicle, from mechanical to cosmetic. And it wasn’t just vehicles! He was so capable of most anything he conquered. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming as well as shooting, riding his quads and four-wheeling. He loved food and typically could win any eating contest he was challenged to. Some of Billy’s favorite things were family vacations; Disneyland, Shasta Lake, Waterworks Park, Great America, lots of camping trips, Vegas, and concerts. He loved time with his family most of all.
If Billy knew someone needed help, he was always there. From helping someone get into their vehicle after they locked their keys inside to changing a tire, he was always just a phone call away and dropped everything to help. The most capable man many of us ever knew.
Billy was preceded in passing by his grandparents, Jim and Shirley Conner; his mother, Debbie Pruett; and his uncle Jimmy Conner. He is survived by Miranda of 19 years; his 3 children, Evangeline, Toby and Jacinda Lampley; his sisters, Amber Lampley and Jennifer May; his cousin, Kristi Simas; nephews, Christian Cerros-Lampley, Mitchell and Logan Burshem, Gentry Carpenter, and Daniel Thompson; and countless friends and extended family.
— Submitted by the family