Billie Childers Askew

December 21, 1930August 18, 2012

Billie Childers Askew, age 81 died Saturday morning August 18, 2012 at home after an extended battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Kentucky to Gladys and John Childers. Upon graduating from Burnside High School she joined the Air Force where she served at Boling Field in Washington D.C. as a Dental Assistant. There she met and married Harold Cochran Askew, a dentist in the Air Force. They established their home in Birmingham in the mid 50's. Billie was active in the Dental Auxiliary Wife's Club serving as President and helping to author the cookbook "Crowning Touch" whose proceeds benefited the Smile Mobile. Billie was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She is survived by her husband of sixty years and daughter, Lenora Askew Hunter (John). The family thanks Jan Davis, Rita Siglar and the care providers from Countryside Hospice for their care and devotion in these last years. A Visitaion / Celebration of Life will be held at Ridout's Valley Chapel, Saturday August 25, 2012 from 3-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation, or the charity of choice. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Laura Sioban Donovan

August 25, 2012

Afunt Billie had a unique sense of humor, and a warm, wonderful laugh, as did my mom, Billie's sister Jean. She was a gift in our lives. I will miss her dearly.

August 22, 2012

Although I never met Mrs. Askew, I felt like I knew her thur knowing her daughter. If Lenora is anything like her mother, then Mrs Askew was a wonderful person. May you rest in peace.

Molly Kirk
coworker of Lenora's

Jonathan Donovan

August 20, 2012

I only had one Aunt and I am fortunate it was her. I remember a woman who was a stellar example of grace and dignity and who to my amusement and wonder always seemed to prepare entire meals while remaining spotless. I above all remember a woman who with a simple glance over the top of her glasses could put me in my place but most impressive was the effortless ability to smile at the slightest thing and to always let others know they were loved... May Blessings and Peace Be Upon You For All Eternity Aunt Billie.

Love, Your Nephew,
Jonathan Donovan

August 20, 2012

I'm so glad that I had such a wonderful Aunt and back up Mom. Gracious hostess, way above average cook, seamstress, and her love of wildflowers and rocks all made a lasting impression. We'll miss you Aunt Billie!
Deb Donovan