Billie J. Smith

October 16, 1928April 12, 2013
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DENISON – Billie J. Smith, 84, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at her home in Denison.

The family will be at Bratcher Funeral Home for visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Monday, April 15, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Parkside Baptist Church in Denison with Dr. Chet Haney and Rev. Chris Cowen officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Zachary Ratliff, Sam Ratliff, Mike Hughes, Ken Askins, Chris Lorentzen and Nick Chase. Honorary pallbearers will be Jess Riddle and Buddy Barnes and all members of her husband’s Sunday school class.

Billie was born on Tuesday, October 16, 1928 in Hope, Arkansas, the daughter of Jim Gray and Violet Sikes Gray. She married Cecil Smith on June 25, 1948 in Denison, Texas. She was a member of Parkside Baptist Church in Denison and an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. Most importantly, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her husband Cecil of Denison; son Larry Smith and wife Adriana of Sherman; daughter Susan Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother Roy Gray of Denison; brother-in-law Fritz Lorentzen of Wisconsin; sister-in-law Dorothy Tonkinson of Denison; nephews Mike Hughes of Ohio and Chris Lorentzen of Wisconsin; father of grandsons Dan Ratliff; grandchildren Stacey Smith of Arlington, Texas, Zac Ratliff of Los Angeles, California and Sam Ratliff of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She is preceded in death by her parents; in laws Clyde and Lorene Smith; sister Jimmie “Doodle” Lorentzen; brother-in-law Dan Tonkinson and nephew David Tonkinson.

Billie devoted her life to her family, to her friends and to God. She developed many life-time friendships with members of her church. She believed in loyalty and honor. Loyalty to her husband of 65 years and honor to her character, the type that demands you live a moral life. She learned the basics of decency from her parents and she taught her children the same lessons of life. She was gentle with her relationships and caring with her loved ones.

Cecil and Billie loved to travel and went to thirteen states over the years. Many of those trips were mission trips where they helped build churches.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Parkside Pacesetters or Grayson Home Hospice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bratcherfuneralhome



  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 16, 2013


  • Burial

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April 27, 2013

We were very sorry to learn of Billie's passing. She was a very special lady. Our thoughts are with you,Cecil and family. Love, Pat and Lee Gayle (Greenville, TX)

Linda Adair

April 16, 2013

Cecil, Larry and Susan, our hearts are with you at this time and heavy for your loss. Ms. Billie was such a lovely, kind lady and neighbor to all of us. We remember our times as your neighbors so fondly. Our prayers are with you as you learn to go on as she would have wanted you to. We do believe that when we all left Nelson Street it was never the same. Much love to you all. Willadean (Mimi) Fitzhugh, Linda Fitzhugh-Adair, Mary Fitzhugh Shock and George Ray Adair.

April 16, 2013

Cecil & Family,,,Sorry for your loss..Our prayers are with you .The 5 Condon Kids..Love to all

Patte Sickles Hodge

April 16, 2013

Susan, prayers for you and all your loved ones, as your mother has changed her address.

April 16, 2013

Cecil how could we ever forget the wonderful meals and card games and good fellowship we enjoyed in your home over the years. Billie was such a big part of that. She will be missed. Doc and Nellie

April 15, 2013

We extend our deepest symphonies for your loss. We will miss Billie. She w as such a gentle and lovely lady and a sweet lady to know. God be with you, Ted & Ethel Foster

Kela Cooper

April 15, 2013

Roy I'm so sorry to read about Billies passing.She was a very sweet lady, My prayers are with you and your to a long long friend.Kela

Carla Bratton/Thompson

April 14, 2013

Billie was such a sweet woman. She will be missed.
Carla Bratton Thompson

Tom and Marsha Whiting

April 14, 2013

Roy and family,
Please know, we are praying for peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.