Local Christian Cowboy Thomas Anthony Bills went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on March 7, 2018, at 65 years old in Sonora, California. Thomas “Tom” was born in Owen County, Indiana, on Dec. 18, 1952. His family moved to California when he was a child. Tom served in the United States Armed Forces from July 1972 to July 1974. After he completed his time in the service, he received a certificate for Advanced Horseshoeing from Merced College in 1975. Tom worked as a farrier/horse trainer for over 40 years. He loved being in the mountains and watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Tom loved the Lord Jesus Christ and loved to help people. No one was ever a stranger to him. He loved to share his faith about his Lord and minister to everyone.
Tom is survived by his soulmate, Jackie Bills; his three children; Denise M. Ramage, Matthew D. Bills and Mark A. Bills, all of Sonora; five grandchildren, Jonathan R. Esteves (Army), Alissa B. Esteves, Erika T. Ramage, Lucas A. Bills and Aaliyah I. Bills, of Sonora; siblings, John R. Bills and Robert Bills, of Indiana, and Gerald Bills, of Arizona, Janice Dupont, of Florida, Marilyn Hughes and Sharon Hoffman, both of Merced, California; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Virginia L. Bills, of Chowchilla, California; brothers, Ronald and Larry Bills; and sisters, Shirley Worland and Dorothy Adkins.
A celebration of life to be held at 1 p.m., March 24, at Harvest Fellowship located at 19270 Hillsdale Drive, Sonora, CA. 95370.