|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1928|
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 2012|
Billie Jean Calhoun, 84, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, in Midland, Texas, after a lengthy illness. A funeral service will held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church in Hamilton, with Rev. Andrew Sobities, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Cross Plains Memorial Park in Cross Plains, Texas.
Billie Jean Cross was born in Cross Plains, Texas, to the late Willie Jesse Cross and Virgie Edna Colvin Cross, and lived there and in Midland, Texas, most of her life. Billie worked in a variety of jobs during her life, including owning a floral shop in Cross Plains, Texas, for several years and being a bookkeeper for several businesses over the years in both Cross Plains and Midland. In her sixties, she decided she needed to supplement her income, and thus, earned her real estate license. As a result, she worked in Midland for several years as a real estate agent. "Passing that test was one of the hardest things I ever did," she would say. She lived periodically with her three children in Hamilton, Midland, and Fort Worth.
Throughout her lifetime she crocheted scores of blankets, afghans, scarves, etc. and provided each of her grandchildren with one "to remember me by," as she would always say. She also never forgot a single birthday of any family member, although in her later years, the birthday card might be received during any month of the year. In spite of her fixed income, she always managed to put a few dollars in every one of them. Even though she had lost one eye several years ago and was barely able to see out of her remaining eye, she continued to crochet up until her death, making the stitches only by the feel of the needle and the yarn.
Billie had an amazing love for animals. She always had at least one dog and no animal was ever treated more royally nor loved more. She was also a huge fan of older movies, and when anyone in the family had a question about an actor or actress from the movies of yesteryear, Billie was the one to ask. Her memory of such things was astounding.
When in Hamilton she was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where she enjoyed attending the Ruth Sunday School class. She also loved attending the activities at the Special Care Center in Hamilton and meeting new friends there.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Charles Russell Calhoun, on May 7, 1986; and an infant son, Charles Jay Calhoun, on Feb. 20, 1949.
Billie is survived by her daughters, Karen Jordan and her husband, Riney, of Hamilton, and Kala Sue Williamson, of Bedford; son, Brad Calhoun and his wife, Sandra, of Midland; grandchildren, Le'Ann Downs, of Mansfield, Todd Jordan, of Hamilton, Sarah Newburn, of Fort Worth, Jennifer Phillips and Kevin Calhoun, both of Midland, Wendy Bejarano, of Houston, Imber Covington, of Lake Brownwood, Heath Bright, of Lacy, Washington, Sheila Bright, of Fort Worth, and Blake Williamson, of Athens, TX; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
William Jesse Cross (1891 - 1974)
Edna Virgie Colvin Cross (1893 - 1946)
Charles Russell Calhoun (1926 - 1986)
Charles Jay Calhoun (1948 - 1949)*
Jesse T Cross (1918 - 1998)*
Billie Jean Cross Calhoun (1928 - 2012)
Cross Plains Memorial Park
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: Nov 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100025656