KANNAPOLIS Billy Ray Whitlow, 72, of Kannapolis, passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Mooresville, Dec. 19, 1946, to the late Ray and Faye Whitlow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Whitlow, and a stepson, David Parson. Billy spent his career as a truck driver and retired from Yellow Freight. He was a United States Marine veteran, who honorably served his country in Vietnam. He was a member of the VFW Post 8989 and a member of the Allen Graham Masonic Lodge. He also enjoyed going to the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah, Ga., over the past 35 years. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Maria Parson; daughter, Donna (Steven) Via; daughter-in-law, Mary (Dean) Castillo; sister, Kay Parker; brothers, Danny Whitlow and Gary (Gwen) Whitlow; grandchildren, Haley Parson, Fischer Parson, Wilson Parson, Parson Via, and Desmond Castillo; and numerous nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends at his home, at 310 Brook St. in Kannapolis, today (Sunday, Sept 29). A celebration of life service will be held on the upcoming St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Ga. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com. Whitley's Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Billy Ray Whitlow.