Billie Jean Craft-Hopper
March 11, 1942 – April 7, 2019
Billie Jean was born on March 11, 1942 in Evans, Louisiana to parents Norris and Minnie (Fowler) Craft and entered into eternal rest April 7, 2019 at the age of 77. Billie Jean graduated from Oberlin High School. She attended Eastfield College, Texas A & M and the University of Missouri. She received her degrees in nursing and real estate. Billie Jean worked in real estate for 35 years and then nursing for 25 years. She was just an amazing person; raising five children by herself. Her children remembered her smelling like sugar cookies. Billie Jean was a devoted Christian. She loved reading her Bible and her faith in God was solid. Billie Jean was a strong, kind and giving lady. She was most definitely a leader, someone to follow. Billie Jean enjoyed doing things for others. She loved dancing the Jitter Bug and was very proud of her Cajun roots. She was very involved in her community, the PTA and helping gather school supplies for children. Billie Jean was an advocate for Veteran’s wellbeing at the V.A. She was committed to the senior citizens that lived in her community. When new people would move in to her community, she would always greet them with a water pitcher and an ivy planted inside known as “Leaves of Love”. Billie Jean will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved her.
Billie Jean was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; William, Norris, Jack and Bobby, sisters; Louise “Boots” and Margie and her other parents; Armille and Rosie Rider, whom she loved very deeply. She is survived by her daughter Rhonda Pierce and husband Glenn Champion of Ft. Worth, daughter Elaine Jones and husband Gordon of Houston, daughter Lori Bass and husband Roy of Lavon, son Tom Glenn and wife Karri of Kaufman and daughter Cynthia Glenn of Gun Barrel City, grandchildren; Shannon, Sarah, Nathan, Amanda, Erin, Misti, Michael, Melanie, Ashley, Justin, Taylor, Hannah and Hayden, 18 great-grandchildren, sister Opal Whiddon and husband Emmitt of Gun Barrel City, sister Marie Payne of Mabank, sister Mary Jordan and husband Carl of Lumberton, Patricia LeDoux of Lake Charles and Jane Ray of Liberty, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
- Norris and Minnie (Fowler) Craft, Parents
- William, Norris, and Bobby, Brothers
- Louise "Boots" and Margie, Sister
- Armille and Rosie Rider, Her other parents
- Rhonda Pierce and Glenn Champion, Daughter
- Elaine Jones and husband Gordon, Daughter
- Lori Bass and husband Roy, Daughter
- Tom Glenn and wife Karri, Son
- Cynthia Glenn, Daughter
- Shannon, Sarah, Nathan, Amanda, Erin, Misti, Michael, Melanie, Ashley, Justin, Taylor, Hannah and Hayden, Grandchildren
- Opal Whiddon and husband Emmitt, Sister
- Marie Payne, Sister
- Mary Jordan and husband Carl, Sister
- Patricia LeDoux, Sister
- Jane Ray, Sister
- Billie Jean also leaves behind 18 great-grandchildren, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
- Mickey Bo, Honorary Pallbearer
- Justin Glenn, Honorary Pallbearer
- Joel Garcia, Honorary Pallbearer
- Marcus Jones, Honorary Pallbearer
- Michael Watson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Kyle Allen, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
Billie Jean Craft-Hopper
Betty & Ruth Bass
April 11, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. We know Billie will be greatly missed. Praying for all of her family and friends.
April 11, 2019
She was my road trip buddy. We would go every where together. I was blessed to take her to see the dogwood trees in bloom this spring. She always wanted to take a ride in east Texas to see the dogwoods in full bloom. I wish that golden soul was here with me now. I would take her more places and spend every moment with her. I never knew what I had until I lost her. Soar high Momma. Your endless now.