HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 133
(By Mr. Speaker (Mr. Thompson) and Delegate Perdue)
Requesting that bridge number 50-64-2.03, the I-64 bridge that spans Twelve Pole Creek in Ceredo, Wayne County, West Virginia, be named the “James T. and Paul T. Billups Bridge”.
Whereas, James T. Billups, currently 81 years of age, has served as a member of the Ceredo Town Council for the last 37 years and is the official source of knowledge for most questions concerning infrastructure of the town; and
Whereas, James T. Billups is widely considered the unofficial historian of all things Ceredo; and
Whereas, James T. Billups’ father, Paul T. Billups, served as Mayor of Ceredo for twenty years, from 1947 through 1967; and
Whereas, Paul T. Billups was a leader of the volunteer movement that started the “modernization” of Ceredo, personally installing much of the town infrastructure while serving as the unofficial patriarch of the town and solving many and varied problems of the residents nightly on his front porch; and
Whereas, Both James and Paul Billups, were born in Ceredo, worked their entire lives in Ceredo, and lived substantially all their lives within feet of the I-64 Bridge in Ceredo; and
Whereas, There is hardly a volunteer project that has been undertaken in Ceredo in the last sixty years in which one or both of the Billups, father and son, have not participated; and
Whereas, Both men have enjoyed the respect of the citizenry, and for both men, love of the town of Ceredo has been paramount; and
Whereas, It is fitting that this enduring memorial be established to commemorate the service and dedication to the town of Ceredo, West Virginia by Paul T. and James T. Billups; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 50-64-2.03, the I-64 bridge that spans Twelve Pole Creek in Ceredo, Wayne County, West Virginia, the “James T. and Paul T. Billups Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge the “James T. and Paul T. Billups Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways and to Paul A. Billups, 4 Briarcliff Drive, Huntington, WV 25704.