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Billie Israel

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[August 07, 2010]  McLEAN -- Billie Mert Israel, 87, of McLean, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at 12:15 p.m. at the Hopedale Nursing Home, Hopedale.

A graveside service for family and friends will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oak View Cemetery in Armington, with Ed Loyd officiating.

Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Israel was a farmer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was born March 2, 1923, in Armington. His parents were George and Pauline Hickey Israel. He married Dorothy Burton on Sept. 16, 1946, in Stanford.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Bill of McLean, Joy M. (and Peter) deVries of Delmar, N.Y., and Todd (and Tammy) of Armington; one sister, Marge Jacobs of LaSalle; and four grandchildren, Jacob Israel, Tanner Israel, Nick deVries and Mary deVries.

A sister, Ina Lou (husband Charles) Walker, preceded him in death.

Billie graduated from Hittle High School in Armington in 1941. He signed to pitch for the Class A Chattanooga, Tenn., ballclub affiliated with the Washington Senators but volunteered for the U.S. Army instead of waiting to be drafted. He served with the 9th Army Air Force Headquarters military police during World War II and pitched in several exhibition games in London, including an all-star game at Wembley Stadium against major and minor league ballplayers in the Army. After his military service he pitched for the Troy, Ala., Trojans of the Alabama State League and Carrollton of the Alabama-Georgia League until 1947 when he returned to Armington to farm.

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