BILLY C. PLUMLEY, 71 of St. Pete Beach died at his residence, after a brief illness, with loving family members by his side -- Jake Withers, partner; Linda Pack, niece; and Virginia Plumley, sister. Dr Plumley's academic career included a bachelor's, two master's degrees from Marshall University and a PhD from Union University. As owner of an art gallery, he had an impressive collection of signed paintings, documents and letters of important historical people. Dr. Plumley made many creative contributions to his school as well as authoring books and publishing in revered journals. He was a retired professor of Linguistics and Literature for 35 years at the University of Charleston before making St. Pete Beach his home. He was preceded by his parents, Crawford and Kathleen; one brother, Jimmy; and four sisters, Barbara, Oberita, Patricia and Sally, as well as his precious pet, Maggie. Survivors include his partner of 49 years, Jacob Withers; two sisters, Virginia and Lillian; and many nieces and nephews. No viewing and only a private celebration of his life will be observed by the family. Contributions to The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast would be appreciated: 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.