Billie Jean Morrison

May 29, 1936March 3, 2018
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Billie Jean Morrison, age 81, of Copperas Cove, Texas passed away on Saturday March 3, 2018 with her loved ones by her side. Billie was born May 29, 1936 in Wyandotte, Michigan to William Harrison Gerard and Ruth Florence Cada-Gerard. She married the love of her life, Donel L. Morrison on May 9th,1953. Together they raised three children, Cheri, Dwayne and Alissa. On May 9th of this year they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

She was an avid homemaker who spoiled her family and friends with amazing baked treats and dinners. Her love for God was evident as she was an active member of Clear Creek Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and on the praise team, served as the Sunday school secretary and was head of the floral committee.

She is preceded in death by her father William Gerard, mother Ruth Cada-Gerard, Sister Joann Prather and grandson Dustin Morrison-Kapsch. Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband Don L. Morrison, daughter Cheri and husband Charles Brooks of, son Dwayne and wife Susan Morrison, daughter Alissa and husband Tommy Murphree, granddaughter Kasey and husband Cooper Carlton, granddaughter Tobie and husband Joey Velesky, grandson Donel Morrison, grandson Nathaniel Murphree and granddaughter Kylea Murphree all of Copperas Cove. Her 5 great grandchildren, Justin,Peyton,Shaylee, and KatieLynn Velesky, and Kenlie Carlton will also cherish her memory.

The family welcomes friends and family to visit with them at 10 A.M. on March 8th, 2018 at Clear Creek Baptist Church and a memorial service will follow at 11 A.M.

The family would also like to express their most sincere gratitude to the care teams at Heart of Texas Hospice and to the staff of Crawford Bowers Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Morrison family.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Vera Macon

March 7, 2018

To Alissa Murphee,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mom. I pray the comfort of the Holy Spirit be upon you and your family as you go through this journey of your lives.

Love, Peace, and Blessings,
Vera Macon

Dick and Susan Oliver

March 7, 2018

From friends in Ozark Arkansas that knew the Morrison Family for years and enjoyed their company
Our sympathy to the entire family. We know you will miss her

Dick and Sue Oliver

June Newton

March 5, 2018

Don, Cheri, Alissa, and Dwayne: I loved your mother dearly. For many years, she was like a sister to me. I've never had another best friend like the one I had in your mother. We did everything together when I lived there. I have missed her over these many years and I grieve for her as if the miles never separated us. I'm very thankful that Don came to our house that day to buy girl scout cookies from Michelle. That one small act of kindness to the new kid in town, changed our lives forever. I'm thankful for everything your family has done for mine. I love you, am heartbroken with you, and pray for all. Love, June.



To Billie Jean Morrison, the entire world was a stage. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Billie, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Billie really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

       Her parents were William Gerard and Ruth Cada. Billie was raised in Wyandotte, Michigan. Billie was raised with three siblings. She had one brother, Bill and two sisters Dolly and Joann.

      Billie never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Billie to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Billie was always right at home putting on a show for her family and riends. Billie utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, she was blessed to have June Newton and Nancy Whiteman as her very bestfriends. Billie loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      Billie had a knack for making those she loved laugh. Billie was blessed with three children, One son, Dwayne and two daughters, Cheri and Alissa. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Kasey, Tobie, Donel, Nathaniel and Kylea. Among her blessings were 5 great grandchildren, Justin, Peyton, Shaylee and KatieLynn Velesky and Kenlie Carlton all of Copperas Cove. Billie had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Billie was compassionate, fun and a loving example to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

      Billie enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Billie liked creating and making beautiful arrangements to hang in the home or to decorate your table with. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, crafting, baking and being with family and friends. Billie was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Billie recognized that her faith was important to her.. She was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church for. During that time, she was an active member of the Praise Team, sang in the choir, served as the Sunday school secretary, decorated the chapel and fellowship hall for many events and was a member of the flower committee.

      Billie passed away on March 3, 2018 at at her home surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her husband Donel Morrison, daughter Cheri and husband Charles Brooks of Kempner, son Dwayne and Susan Morrison of Copperas Cove, daughter Alissa and husband Tommy of Copperas Cove, granddaughter Kasey and husband Cooper Carlton of Copperas Cove, granddaughter Tobie and James Velesky of Copperas Cove, grandson Donel Morrison of Copperas Cove, grandson Nathaniel Murphree and granddaughter Kylea Murphree both of Copperas Cove. Services were held at Clear Creek Baptist Church with a 10am visitation with family and a 11am memorial service.

      Billie brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Billie Jean Morrison lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.