Billings, Nik

Nik Billings

January 6, 1977 - April 13, 2020

Nik Billings of Carrollton, Texas passed away on April 13, 2020 at the age of 43. He was born on January 6, 1977 to Larry and Sandra (Chew) Billings in Singapore. Since early childhood, Nik was enthusiastic for knowledge and applied an ingenious sense of logic to all facets of his life. His selflessness, generosity of spirit, kindness, wisdom, and humor were unmatched.

Growing up in McKinney, Texas, Nik graduated from McKinney High School and attended the University of Texas at Dallas. He met his best friends at school, and together their bonds would grow stronger with the hundreds of movies watched and games played.

Nik found his niche professionally in Information Technology, starting his career at a dot.com company called Big Theory. He would later work as a developer at Hilton and Hotels.com. His biggest impact and last role was as a senior developer at The Container Store--celebrating 10 years there in September 2019. He was remarkably bright, passionate about his work, and openly shared his creativity and support to his teammates.

In his spare time, Nik enjoyed shooting time-lapse photography of his saltwater aquarium, landscapes, and anything magnificent in the sky. He traveled literally around the world, immersing himself in different cultures and tasting glorious delicacies. He was always the first to try something new, but he also cherished his routines including the daily trip to Starbucks for his iced coffee and weekly meetups with his family and friends.

Nik had a deep love for his family. He was an exceptional son. With his younger brother and sister, they were each other’s best friends as well. He was part of a pack with his two vocal huskies and a favorite uncle to his siblings’ furbabies. He could be counted on to engage in all things fun, and he could be counted on as the voice of reason because of his calm demeanor.

Nik’s family and friends meant the world to him, and he meant the world to them.

He is survived by his mother, Sandra Billings of Allen, Texas; brother, Trey Billings and wife, Thu Nguyen of Frisco, Texas; sisters, Lauren Billings of Lewisville, Texas and Cheri Leong of Singapore; aunt, Jerry Cowan of Plano, Texas; cousin, Amy Taylor and husband, Phil and their sons, Brady and Brock of Plano, Texas; aunt and uncle, Kathryn Swanner and Bryan of McKinney, Texas; several other aunts, uncles, and cousins in Singapore and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Billings.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. Interment is to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

To view a video of the funeral service, please click the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fXiAZxkWQs

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Nik, I am so sorry we didn't get the chance to meet up after our last conversation. You were such a light, and even though I know you are gone, your spirit lives forever. Prayers to the friends, many family and coworkers during this difficult time. Thanks for everything Nik.
Reggie, April 20, 2020 Thank you Nik for being a wonderful nephew and cousin to all of us. Mum remembered Nik as the most obedient amongst all the kids. Nik is always nice to the younger cousins. He was a real gentleman and didn't bully the girls like mei mei and Xiao Li. Nik is a great help too, I remembered him as the only one that will volunteer to help the older cousins like me (Xiao Ling) and Mei Ling. Nik - you will always have a special place in our hearts. You are in a better place now, we pray for eternal rest for you and let the perpetual light shine on you. Rest in peace! We love you!
Christina Chew, Tan Choon Har, Tan Siew Ling and Family, Chen Si Xian and family and Tan Siew Li and family, April 18, 2020 Sandra and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Nik. Words can't express the emotions I know you are feeling. Please find comfort with this scripture...Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Charles Milby, April 17, 2020 Uncle Michael & I will really miss you dearly! I remember when you were a young child you were always so calm & cool, never "fight" with the rest of your cousins over things or arguments-it's just your calm demeanor. Even till you were a full grown man - its just YOU! Am really sad cos we thought we could once again visit you in Texas - but fortunately last September 2019 when you were in Singapore for the F1 Grand Prix- you & friend Jason were at my home for dinner and that we were able to prepare all the local specialties which you might have missed all these years when you moved over to Texas. YES! we will miss you terribly being one of our most loved nephews. Judith & Michael Tan, April 17, 2020 Such a loss of a beautiful soul. R.I.P. mate. Darren Chorley, April 17, 2020 Thanks for being such a kind and patient friend and coworker, and for always taking time out of your day to help me. I wish we could have spent many more years working together. I will continue to try to apply the lessons I've learned from you. I miss you terribly. Andy Asberry, April 17, 2020 We miss you very much Nik. You will always be in our hearts. I will always remember the trip we took with you and Trey to Disney World Florida in 1993 when I was working in Mobile, Alabama. You are one of my most loved nephews. I am so sad by your passing. Brendan Chew, April 17, 2020 We miss you Nik. You were a wonderful young man and the emptiness we feel is indescribable. Our sons, Patrick and Tim, have great memories of their time spent with you. Thank you for being their friend. Rest In Peace with all the angels. We will remember you always. Roger & Jeannette Mickey, April 17, 2020 I’ve known Nik since 2007, when we both worked together for an Internet company. He was easy to like, and friendly to all. We started meeting on Saturday mornings: I’d pick him up from the car dealership where he got his car washed most weekends, and we’d get brunch, visit a gaming or LEGO store, and then finish at Starbucks. I thought we’d be doing this until we retired, alas no. Our last Saturday was a typical one at the end of Feb. I wish I had known it was our last. Over the years I have picked at Nik’s brain, often to great success. He added software to the 2013 Hugo Award ballot software I was developing that eliminated invalid ballots. The code is still in use, so in a way he’s achieved a rare thing in software: his code outlived him. How I wish it were the other way around. I am a Boomer, and Nik was one of my few Millennial friends. He introduced me to ‘90s music that I missed, and I made him listen to SiriusXM’s ‘70s on 7 in my car driving to IHOP. And ELO. It was always new with Nik. We probably looked like Mutt and Jeff when we visited Stonebriar Mall to step into the Apple Store or the LEGO Store (he had most of the small town kits — where he put them is a mystery), but we liked each other’s company and we had a ritual. Now, thanks to the lockdown, I haven’t gone out to eat brunch at all on Saturday since I last saw him. It will never be the same. I’ll miss him terribly. Best wishes to his other friends and family. Steven R. Staton, April 17, 2020