Funeral service for Billy Lynn Friend was February 23, 2021 at James & Gahr Mortuary Chapel, Salem, with Full Military Honors.

Mr. Friend was born May 25, 1929 to Sovereign and Josephine Friend. He married Thelma Williams in 1951. They were the parents of three children. Mr. Friend died February 15, 2021 in Columbia at the age of 91 years.

Survivors include his children, Michael and Carol Friend, Olathe, Kansas; Joyce and Bud Yearwood, Birch Tree; Roy and Le Friend, Newport News, Virginia; grandchildren, Chad, Kimberly, Sean, Nathan, Justin and Wayne; and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Marie and Vena; and brothers, Derwood, Jerry and Joe.

He ended his 25-year Air Force career in the 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron.