James Herman Bilbrey, 80, of Oneida, passed away August 13, 2017, at Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida.

Born January 9, 2037, he was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Elva Mays Bilbrey; special aunt, Della Mays Strunk; and step-son; John Clark.

He was a life-long resident of Oneida, a Christian, and a member of First Baptist Church-Oneida. He was a graduate of Oneida High School class of 1955, and attended Cumberland College and ETSU until his service in the United States Army. He was a 30-year employee of Tibbals Flooring Company/Hartco, until his retirement. He will be remembered for his kindness, and pervasive and unique sense of humor. He loved local history and genealogy and he believed that most things can be fixed with duct tape and WD40. As a philosopher of life, he often encouraged his family by saying “That’s no hill for a climber”.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Kaye Ellis Bilbrey of Oneida; daughter, Heather (George) McLaughlin of Gastonia, North Carolina; son, Dr. Brett (Jennifer) Bilbrey of Knoxville; grandchildren: Hannah McLaughlin, Carter McLaughlin, Chloe Bilbrey, Jonah Bilbrey, and Davin Clark; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was conducted August 17, in the chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home-Oneida. Music was provided by Brett Bilbrey. Graveside service was conducted August 18, at Hazel Valley Cemetery.

Arrangements by Four Oaks Funeral Home-Oneida.