McArthur Billing, Sr. was born in Strong, Arkansas on February 6, 1941 to Grady Billing, Sr, and Elburdie Benton Billing.
At an early age, McArthur united with Bethlehem Baptist Church in Strong, Arkansas. In later years, he was a member of St. Mark Baptist Church and St. James Baptist Church where he served faithfully until his health failed.
McArthur was an entrepreneur in every aspect. He was the owner of Billing Fill-Up, Towing, Auto Mechanic Shop, Farm and Pulpwood. After 22 years of service, he retired from El Dorado Chemical in El Dorado, Arkansas. After retirement in 2009, McArthur wrote his first book, “From A Boy To A Man.” and he had several book signings. He supported his family and encouraged them to pursue their dreams and lending any support and advice that he could.
On August 30, 1974, he united in Holy Matrimony to Mary Helen Bufferet. On Tuesday, January 2, 2019, McArthur surrendered his soul to Christ at the John H. McClelland Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.
McArthur leaves his cherished memories to his wife of 45 years, Mary Helen Billing of El Dorado, Arkansas, two daughters, Sandra Criswell, of El Dorado, Arkansas, and Kimberly Thomas of Strong, Arkansas. Three sons, Mark Billing and Greg Billing, both of El Dorado, Arkansas and McArthur Billing, Jr., of LaPlato, Maryland. Two sisters, Margie Black of Detroit, Michigan and Ever Jean Thompson of El Dorado, Arkansas. Three brothers, Elder Grady Billing, Jr., of Detroit, Michigan, Lester Billing of San Diego, California and Curtis Billing of Strong, Arkansas. His special aunt, Rosie McDaniel of El Dorado, Arkansas. His aunts, Emma Norman of Crossett, Arkansas and Gertha Mattison of Sacramento, California. His uncle, Arthur Billing of Muskegon, Michigan. Thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral service for McArthur Billing, Sr. will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Douglas Chapel Baptist Church, El Dorado, Arkansas with Rev. Roy C. Aaron, officiating and Rev. Lamont Harris eulogist. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Strong, Arkansas.