BEATTY, Billy Max, age 87, passed away at his home peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2018 after a long battle with chronic bronchitis, COPD, and pneumonia. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. until the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. The visitation and service will be located at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Elmore, AL.
He was born in Louisville, AL on January 17, 1931 to W. Dolphus and Doris Price Beaty. He graduated from Louisville High School in Barbour County in 1949. In 1953, he graduated from Auburn University in three years with a BS degree in pharmacy.
After graduating from Auburn, he began working with his uncle, A.J. Price, at Price Apothecary in Jackson Hospital. He later worked with Price Drug in downtown Montgomery, where he later became part owner. He owned City Drug on Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL. After practicing pharmacy for 55 years, he retired in August of 2011. He had a great love for his customers.
He was an avid reader of American History and the founding of our country. He and his wife, Doris, traveled to 49 of the 50 states, only missing North Dakota. Besides reading and traveling, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, attending Auburn football games, and spending time on Lake Mitchell. He was a die hard Auburn fan. He and his wife attended all of the Auburn football games for many years, both home and away.
Billy was a faithful member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Elmore, AL for many years. He was a member of the Montgomery Quarterback Club until his illness. He was also a former member of Montgomery Rotary Club. He was a member of the Auburn Alumni Association as well. He was a dedicated member of the Alabama Pharmacy Association for his entire career.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, W. Dolphus and Doris Price Beaty, and his sister, Martha Beaty Pemberton. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Doris Peddy Beatty, his brother William D. Beaty and his wife Pat of Selma, AL, and Dr. Larry Beaty and his wife Janet of Dothan, AL, his daughters, Millie (Jeff) Myer and Linda (Tony) Denson, granddaughters Melissa Myer and Jenny (Matt) Thomason, and great granddaughter Anna Thomason. Other special family members include his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James Hester Peddy and Margaret Peddy Skinner.
Pallbearers will be Sheldon Darnell, Ed Strickland, Jeff Perkins, John Helms, Richard Beck and Bill Bryan. Honorary pallbearers will be Co-Ed Sunday School Class #2 of Mt. Hebron Church, Buel Harms, James Hester Peddy, James Dozier, Vann Watkins, Jimmy Truitt, John D. Murphy, Jimmy Mercer, Carl Davis, Jim McGriff, Stan White, Wayne Teal, Wayne Dozier and Dr. Kirby Parker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 279, Elmore, AL 36025, or to Hospice of Montgomery, 1111 Holloway Park, Montgomery, AL 36117.
Wetumpka Memorial Funeral Home directing.