Billie L. Gilley (1924 - 2019)

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Mrs. Billie L. Beddingfield Gilley joined her husband in the arms of God on May 13, 2019. She was born November 22, 1924, in Smith County, Texas, to Needom A. and Johnnie Mae (Beam) Beddingfield. She married Herman R. Gilley in May 1943 and they were together for 66 years until his death in 2009.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was a hard-working Christian woman who fed and nurtured the bodies and souls of many family members, church family, friends, and neighbors. Mrs. Gilley was an accomplished seamstress who shared her talents with many friends and family. She was a generous and faithful servant of the Lord who loved flowers and ensured that there were always seasonal flowers at the gravesites of her parents, her husband, and a brother-in-law. Billie had strong Christian morals, integrity, ethics, and convictions, and continued to care for her own family and often make them laugh during her entire life. She emphasized the importance of education to all.

Mrs. Gilley is survived by her daughter Janice Welk and husband, Jon, of Waco; son Jerry Gilley and wife Beverly of Tyler; granddaughter Wendy Gilley Drake and husband David of Lubbock; grandson Craig Gilley of Tyler; and four great-grandchildren: Grace, Faith, Tinsley, and Blanton Drake of Lubbock. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers: James and Joe Beddingfield; three sisters: Alta Luther, Gaynelle Green, Bonnie Freeman, her husband, and one great-grandson. She was a member of Swan-Wood Springs United Methodist Church, and had been active in the church until she became unable to attend services, holding many responsible positions in churches in Tyler, Swan, Indianapolis, and The Los Angeles area.

The family requests memorials to Swan-Wood Springs United Methodist Church, 12005 Hwy 69N, Tyler TX 75706; or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler TX 75701.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 18, 2019
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