Billy John Maness, 70, of Robbins,  passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021, after a hard fight with cancer.  

Billy John “BJ” was known by many and loved by everyone. He was the “BEST” when it came to things he loved to do.  He was considered to most as “A Class Act” when it came to carp fishing.  You could always count on him catching a Big Fish.   There were some who would hand him their wallet, cause they would say, “we already know you are going to win the money.”  BJ loved to hunt for many years, play rook with his family, play bingo, spend time with his dog BB (age 14) and tell one joke after another.  You were sure to laugh at his wonderful sense of humor.  Billy John was a son of the late Racy and Beulah Kennedy Maness and was preceded in death by brothers: Roy Lee Maness, Lester Maness; sister:  Helen Maness Morgan.  

Billy John leaves behind daughters: Billie Jo Puckett (Dwain), Lela Matthews (Lincoln), Donna Maness, all of South Carolina; 4  grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren;  sisters: Hilda Maness (Gene), Lucy Ritter (Russell); brother: Racy Maness, Jr. (Penny); many nieces, nephews and friends.

Billy John will certainly be missed by everyone, especially his fishing partner, Bob and best friend, Kim.  But he will be so deeply missed by his daughter Billie Jo, who loved him so much and was his caretaker in his last days.  It was a very special time to her.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 17, 2021 at High Falls Christian Church Cemetery, with Pastor Chris Wilson and Pastor Ben Hurley officiating.  The body will lie in state from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall and  at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to: High Falls Christian Church, P O Box 62, High Falls, NC 27259 or FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC..

Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Maness Family.

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  1. Sorry to hear of Billy John passing enjoyed playing golf with him and just talking to him every time I met him. He will be missed by all his friends,prayers for the family

  2. “BJ” was a Dear Member of Miss Connie’s Bingo at the Rufus McLaughlin American Legion Post 177 in Southern Pines. We had missed seeing him lately and was saddened to learn of his illness and even more so to learn of his passing. However, we find comfort in knowing he is resting in the arms of our Lord. We, affectionately called each other, “Cousin”, and I’ll cherish that forever. My sincere sympathy to all he loved.

  3. So sorry for your loss. I have known BJ for years as I grew up at the carp ponds he fished at. He was a good man and will be missed

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