William “Billy” Ray Blythe, 65 years old, of the Coopers Creek community, passed away September 28th after a very brave battle for 3 years with brain cancer. Billy was born March 25th, 1956 to the late Lloyd Johnson Blythe and the late Dorothy Shuler Blythe. He was known in his high school days for being an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He worked for 30 years for the Bureau of Indian Affairs before he retired. He loved being outside, especially hiking or fishing. He was known for his infamous shortcuts that usually got him lost and for digging ginseng. Billy had a great sense of humor, a kind heart, and a gentle soul. Billy leaves behind a daughter, Marcie Blythe and son, William Blythe Jr (Chavella). Three grandchildren, Zailiana, Huxley, and Ellie Blythe. Two brothers, Ronnie Blythe (Judy) and Larry Blythe. He has several nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Wanda Jackson Blythe. Visitation will be at the Crisp Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, October 1st from 11:00am until 12:00 pm. A graveside service will immediately follow at Pegg Cemetery. Pastor Danny Lambert will officiate. Rick Web, John Dugan, Barry Craig, Jerry Dugan, and Gary Sneed will serve as pallbearers. Family will have friends and food at the Antioch Baptist Church on Coopers Creek following the graveside service. Crisp Funeral Home is assisting the Blythe family with arrangements.