Billie Jean Barnes

May 16, 1928October 18, 2012

Billie Jean Henry Barnes, 84, went home to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 18, 2012 due to complications from dementia and Alzheimer’s which she battled the last several years.

Funeral services will be 11:00a.m., Monday, October 22, 2012 at the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas with Pastor David Cason of Broadview Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 6:30p.m. at the funeral home.

Billie was born on May 16, 1928 in Becton, Texas to William and Gertrude Henry. She was the eldest of six children. She graduated from Rule High School in 1945 and married Joe Bill Barnes on March 19, 1949. Billie spent most of her career in the banking business and as a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Joe Bill Barnes; her parents, Bill and Gertrude Henry; and three brothers, Jim Henry, Travis Henry, and Ben Henry.

Survivors include three sons, Al Barnes and wife, Sharon of Houston, Joe Barnes and wife, Kathy of Dallas, and Monte Barnes and wife, Geri of San Antonio; one sister, Nell Williams of Victoria, TX; and one brother, Joe Henry of Abilene. She is also survived by six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and another great-grandchild due in November.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 7400 Louis Pasteur Drive, #200, San Antonio, Texas 78229-4542 or Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, 611 N. Walnut Avenue, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

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  • Visitation Sunday, October 21, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 22, 2012

Billie Jean Barnes

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Marshall & Mozelle Wharton

October 22, 2012

You have our sympathy in the loss of your mother. She and your dad were good friends and neighbors when they lived across the road from us on FM 126 in Merkel. We exchanged visits and cards after she moved to Abilene, but we lost track of her when she left there. Sorry we weren't able to attend the services.

October 22, 2012

Thinking of all of you at this time. I lived in Big Lake back in the '60s & 70's.
Remember what a wonderful family ya'll were. Keeping all of you in my prayers.
Debbie Epley Mason
Post, Texas

October 22, 2012

Billie was a wonderful person and a good friend. Her and her husband raised 3 fine boys. We and our sons were friends with the family. May the Lord bless the boys and their families in the loss of their mother.

Gaylon & Jean Solomon

Joe Barne

October 21, 2012

A wonderful woman. Full of compassion and non judgemental. The best Mother a son could ever have. I was blessed to be her son. Love you Mom.