On April 13, 2019, our dearly beloved brother Cornelius Neal Billups, (father and brother) transitioned to be with the Lord at 63 years of age. Cornelius “Cube” was born on October 3, 1955, and raised in Monroe, LA. He accepted Christ in his childhood years and was baptized at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Rev. E.D. Nation, Pastor. He attended Carver Elementary School, Carroll High School (1974), and Delta Vocational Technical School pursuing a certification in Automobile Mechanics. On August 26, 1976, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served a brief stent obtaining the rank of PV2, Fort Dix, N.J.
In later years, he moved to Houston, TX where he lived many years before returning to Monroe in the late ’90s. Cornelius was known to his nieces and nephews as “Uncle Cube” and the “Big Uncle”. He often referred to himself as the “Mayor of Booker T”, a community where he was well known and loved. He had a passion for working with the elderly in any way he could contribute.
The elderly of Mount Olivet where he united February 2, 2003, were specially cared for…receiving meals he’d cooked for them, parking their cars, transporting them by wheelchair (his own ministry). He even sang with the Male Chorus on occasion.
Cornelius over his lifetime worked for the City of Monroe, the Copy Center, the Council On Aging, LSU Hospital – Monroe and after becoming disabled returned as a volunteer at the Council On Aging. At the Council he assisted seniors with arts and crafts, playing games, popping popcorn and whatever was needed to provide assistance.
He was preceded in death by our mother, Lillie Mae Heckard, grandparents Mrs. Annie and Rev. Neal H. Heckard, and nephew Joshua W. Billups. During the latter months of life, Cornelius often shared with family members that his time of departure from this life was drawing near and that he was “good with God”.
He leaves to mourn two daughters: Deonnie Wilson (Monroe) and Annie B. Stanley (Dallas, TX); son: LaVance Daggs. Grandchildren: Zyon Dunn, Zacardi Wilson, Jameion Williams, and JaKobe Baker. Ten siblings: Oliver W. Billups, Jr. (Ruby), Jackie Duren (Ralph), Elaine Staten, Lorraine Bolden, Karen Mattison (Johnny), Billy R. Billups, Faye Parsons (Gerald), Irma Billups, Shirley Billups-Bell, and Anita Thompson. Nieces and Nephews: Michael, Mariko, Sonya, Tammy, Tremaine, Tre’, Jeremy, Damian, Lil Bill, Brittany, Tonjila, Jonathan, Kennadi, Kamdyn and a host of great-nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be at Smith Funeral Home, 907 Winnsboro Road, Monroe, LA., Friday, April 19, 2019, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Services will be held at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 500 Swayze Street, Monroe, LA., Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.