PIKEVILLE — Billy Joe Hitchcox, 60, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019, at Erlanger Hospital following a brief illness. He was a lion of a man with a work ethic comparable to none, and he was a lamb with a heart of gold. Billy Joe loved his family with all his heart and was constantly searching for relatives through genealogy research; and like his father before him, claimed kin to almost everyone he met. He was a 42-year employee of Dunlap Stone/Thomas Brothers and a farmer. Billy Joe loved the outdoors and was an avid coon hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Verner and Gladys Hitchcox; sister, Betty Rains; brother, Clifford Hitchcox; and sister, Charlotte Hitchcox. He is survived by the love of his life, Geneva Hitchcox, to whom he was married for 39 years; daughter, Amy Jo (Brad) Evans; grandchildren, Geneva Joan and Arthur Joe Evans; sisters, Patty (Bill) Holland, Carol (Perry) Swafford and Sandy (T.A.) Smith; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rae and Joe Clifton; sister-in-laws, Sandra Hitchcox and Donna Holden; brother-in-laws, Bobby Rains and Auggy Smith; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and close friend, Willie Smith. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 10 a.m. CDT in the funeral home chapel with Bro. T.A. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Granny Ruth's Garden. Online condolences can be made at reedfamilyfh.com. Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, 1171 Main Street, Pikeville, TN. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 3 to 9 p.m. CDT and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT.