It is with great sadness that we must inform our readers that Melanie Billings, who has served as our weekday news editor since March of 2012, died on Sunday night [February 21, 2016] in South Carolina, at the age of 42, of complications from the flu. The Fortean community has lost a strong, distinctive voice: she was witty, knowledgeable, and razor sharp. Just as she had no patience for weak evidence and poor reporting, she was quick to call BS on dismissive explanations for apparently genuine phenomena. In her acceptance of the news editor role four years ago, she wrote: “I can’t be the next Charles Fort, but Charlotte Fort suits me fine.” Although Chris Savia and I never met her in person, she was a a presence in our lives. We…wish our Mel, known to our readers as “MB” in post tags, a fond farewell. Today, Mel, in your memory, the news is all yours. (PH)
Melanie Jean Billings
Apr 3, 1973 – Feb 21, 2016
Visitation will be 12:30-1:45 PM Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Roebuck Baptist Church, 1979 E. Blackstock Rd., Roebuck, SC 29376. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM, at the church, conducted by the Rev. Melvin Shelton and the Rev. Ondra Black. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery, 2153 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Buffalo, SC 29321.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Humane Society, 150 Dexter Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303.