Thom Billington


Thom Billington worked in news his entire career. From WMMB-AM 1240 in Florida, he moved in 1958 to Columbia, SC to work for WNOK-AM 1230, first with the radio station, then with the TV station doing the news. About 1963, he went to work for The State newspaper and the Columbia Record. In 1967, he moved his family to Myrtle Beach, SC and worked for the Myrtle Beach Sun News where he became Editor. He started a public relations firm, Omni-Media, in Myrtle Beach in 1975. In 1977, he moved to Lake Waccamaw, NC and went to work for the Whiteville, NC bi-weekly, The News Reporter, becoming Editorial Page Editor. He was the recipient of numerous NC Press Association awards while writing for The News Reporter. In addition to his news career, Thom was very active in Boy Scouts, serving as a Cub master, a Scout master, and then at the district level, earning the Silver Beaver for his contributions. He also started a stained glass business - one of his works hangs inside the Boy Scouts Cape Fear Council office in Wilmington, NC. Thom died in 1992 from lung cancer at the age of  59. He is survived by his wife, Lyn Billington, his daughter Lynn Billington, and his sons, Thom Billington, Randy Billington, and Ned Billington.

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