Billy Franklin Gwaltney, 49, of Malta Bend, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Malta Bend High School Gymnasium, with Rev. Amanda Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Malta Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Memorials may be made to Malta Bend United Methodist Church or Malta Bend FFA Chapter.
Born June 5, 1958, in Leavenworth, Kan., he was the son of the late William F. Gwaltney and Mary Sue Albin Gwaltney-Rowan. On March 1, 1982, he married Rebecca Lynn Warga in Sedalia. Upon moving to Malta Bend, he became an active member of the Malta Bend United Methodist Church and community. He attended high school in Lincoln before entering the U.S. Army for active duty in 1976. Following his service he graduated from State Fair Community College in Sedalia with an academic arts degree in 1982, and graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1984. He worked for Cargill from 1984 until 2004, serving the company in Dayton, Ohio; Eddyville, Iowa; Blair, Neb.; and Dalhart, Texas. While employed by Cargill, he served as general operations superintendent of feed products for Cargill North American Sweeteners at six plants, then operations leader of Sweet Bran Texas project and later operations manager for Feed Products Group for Cargill North American Sweeteners at nine plants. In 2004, he was employed by Mid-Missouri Energy, Inc., as general manager/CEO of the producer-owned ethanol plant in Malta Bend. He was also serving as chairman of the board at Malta Bend United Methodist Church, a member of the board of directors of Renewable Products Marketing Group, a member of Renewable Fuels Association, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, the Marshall-Saline Economic Development Corporation, Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and Waverly Lions Club. He was also a strong supporter of youth and FFA programs.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Gwaltney, and one son, William Gwaltney, both of Malta Bend; one daughter, Sarah Gwaltney of Marshall; his mother, Sue Rowan of Malta Bend; three sisters, Jean Canning of Port Charlotte, Fla., Kay Hagan of Sedalia and Mindy Rigby of Malta Bend; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, William F. Gwaltney, and step-father, Forrest William Rowan.