|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1861|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 1942|
County´s oldest citizens and a West Texas pioneer mother, died at her home in Spur Monday morning, June 15, 1942 after an illness of three weeks following a stroke. Mrs. Bilberry was 81 years, 3 months, and 27 days old at the time of her death.
She was born Nancy Ellen Bilbrey, February 27, 1861, a daughter of Henry and Dellah Cannon Bilbrey. She came with her parents to Texas and to Lampasass County where on October 24th 1880 she was married to J.V. Bilberry. To this union were born eight children, two of whom died in infancy.
Mrs. Bilberry with her husband and children came to the West and to Dickens County in 1889.
At an early age she was converted and joined the Baptist Church and through the years she lived her religion in her daily life. She, as many other Texas pioneer wives and mothers, kept the home fires burning while her husband, a pioneer Baptist preacher, traveled near and far doing the will of his Master.
Funeral services were held from the Spur First Baptist Church, Tuesday, June 18, 1942 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. A.P. Stokes, of Afton, and Bro. Jones, of Haskell, jointly conducted the services. Interment was made in the Spur Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jodie Joplin, J.W. Moore, Walter Smith, Carl Yoes, C.N. Kidd, Alvas Bilberry.
Flower bearers were Mrs. Yoes, Mrs. Elmer James, Mrs. Walter Smith, Ava Nell Bilberry, Edna Edgar, and Marjorie Cole.
Survivors are her husband, J.V. Bilberry, four sons, Rev. L.S. Bilberry, of Memphis. E.J. Bilberry, of Spur; Rev. A. R. Bilberry, of Jacksboro; Melvin Bilberry, of Spur, two daughters, Mrs. Lydia Ragsdale, of Haskell; and Naomi Everett, of Vernon; one sister, Mrs. Dora Henderson, of Spur., four brothers, W.C. Bilbrey, Lingo, NM; Lee Bilbrey, Ricker, TX; eighteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
The Texas Spur, June 18, 1942
Delilah Cannon Bilbrey (1837 - 1899)
John Venson Bilberry (1860 - 1944)*
Luther Simms Bilberry (1881 - 1964)*
Elek Johnson Bilberry (1882 - 1973)*
Lydia Dalian Bilberry Ragsdale (1889 - 1951)*
Melvin I. Bilbrey (1892 - 1984)*
Naomi Bilberry Everett (1903 - 1946)*
Nancy Ellen Bilbrey Bilberry (1861 - 1942)
Lara L. Bilbrey Henderson (1871 - 1942)*
Lee Erasmus Bilbrey (1880 - 1966)*
Plot: Section B 5B Lot 5
Created by: Ricky Henderson
Record added: Jul 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20436635