on March 17, 2013 - 10:13 PM
, updated March 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM
March 9, 1931 – March 11, 2013
Jimmie Lee Billingslea III, of Buffalo, an Air Force veteran and longtime Greyhound bus driver, died Monday in his Buffalo home. He was 82.
Born in West Point, Ga., Mr. Billingslea grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn.
After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in May 1955. He graduated from Erie Community College and studied at the University of Buffalo.
Mr. Billingslea worked for the former American Brass before starting his career as a bus driver for Greyhound.
His family said Mr. Billingslea, who was one of the carrier’s first black drivers, received many awards and citations for his years of safe, punctual driving.
After retiring from Greyhound, Mr. Billingslea started a second career in landscaping and indoor remodeling. An avid bowler, he was a member of the traveling Professional Bowlers Association team.
A collector of vintage cars and trucks, Mr. Billingslea participated in the Juneteenth Parade every year with his classic car group.
He was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Mr. Billingslea is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Arthuretta “Retta” Baker; a daughter, Janice Doran; a sister, Ann Martin; four stepsons; and four stepdaughters.
Services will be held at noon Wednesday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.