E. Louis Billington, Jr., of Green Village, New Jersey died on December 26, 2017 at his home. Burial will take place on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11am at Rosedale Cemetery, 408 Orange Rd., Montclair. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2pm at Washington Valley Chapel, 57 Kahdena Road in Morristown.
Born December 3, 1928 to parents E. Louis Billington, Sr., and Helen Totten, he was raised in South Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood in 1947, and went on to earn a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1951. He then joined his father as junior partner in Sales Team as a Furniture Manufacturers Sales Representative with E.L. Billington & Son. For over 30 years he was an active member of The Metropolitan Furniture Association, which his father helped organize in 1941. He served on the Board of Directors, Executive Board and as President and Chairman. He was the recipient of the E. Louis Billington Sr. Salesman Award, The Howard Liveright Memorial Award for making outstanding contributions to furnishings industry, and the N.J.F.A. Salesman Award. He was a Past President of the Harding Township Civic Association, member of the NJ Business & Industry Association, and longtime member of the Long Hill Chapel in Chatham where he served on the Building & Grounds Committee and as an usher. He was also a member of the Drew Men’s Bible Study Group, and most recently attended Washington Valley Chapel. He was a member of the Columbia High School Alumni Group. Lou enjoyed fishing and boating in the 1000 Islands – Canada, cars, WWII planes, American History, Yankees baseball, Giants football, attending Army/Navy games and attending Bible Study Groups.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Carter Billington; daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Tim Smitley; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Beth Billington; and granddaughters Samantha and Savannah Smitley, Kelly Shannon and Erin Billington.