It is with great sorrow that we inform the ACSA membership of the passing of Earle N. Billings on August 21, 2011. Mr. Billings began his career with ACSA in 1947 after his return from the Army while serving during World War II in the pacific theatre.
Mr. Billiings was named Executive Vice President in May of 1967 with responsibilities over the main office in Memphis as well as the Washington DC office. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1990-91.
His leadership in the development and implementation of trade rules in many of the international markets was instrumental in the efforts of ACSA in promoting contract sanctity. The modernization and updating of the important Southern Mill Rules through close working relationships with the American Textile Manufacturers Institute was also an important accomplishment during the difficult times faced by the merchandising trade and the domestic textile industry during a very critical time of changes in the industry.
Norwood, as he was known to his family was born in Vaughn, Mississippi and grew up in McComb. He was one of 9 children and was awarded all state honors in several sports while attending McComb High School. Mr. Billings was an avid golfer and tennis player. He carried a single digit handicap for most of his golfing career. His tennis skills were widely respected as well by those who faced him across the net.
He is survived by this loving wife Dorothy, a son Ken Billings both of Memphis and a sister Peggy Billings of Trumansburg, New York, a grandson Colin Billings of San Francisco.
Memorial service will be held on Thursday August 25 at 11:00am, Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis. He will be interred in McComb, Mississippi where a memorial service will be held at Hartman’s Funeral Chapel on Friday August 26th at 2:00pm.