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Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

OBITUARY

Helen W. Billingsley

October 5, 1924June 4, 2019
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Helen Billingsley, 94, of Memphis, TN, passed away on June 4, 2019.

Helen was born to parents, Paul and Eula Williams on October 5, 1924. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Paul, Jr. and by her beloved husband of 40 years, Frank C. Billingsley, Jr. Helen is survived by two daughters, Alice Redding (Bob) of Jackson, TN and Phyllis Harris (Mike) of Germantown, TN; two grandchildren, Elliot Hughes (Amy) and Erin Ross; six great grandchildren, Taylor, Emma, Ethan, and Noah Hughes and Evan and Jackie Ross; and one sister, Peggy Silk of Walpole, MA.

Helen graduated from Humes High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Southwestern and a Master’s Degree at Memphis State University. She taught 30 years, mostly at Wells Station Elementary School. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, teachers’ sorority.

Helen loved the Lord and took many leadership roles during her 60 years of active membership at Highland Heights United Methodist Church. She lived her faith. Helen enjoyed travel and made many nice trips. She loved to enjoy time with family, especially with the grandchildren and nieces and nephews whom she adored.

Helen lived at Kirby Pines Lifecare Community for almost 19 years and was active in the Up Lifters’ Circle, the music program, and the Upper Room Group there.

The celebration of her life will be at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar on Friday, June 7th at 2:00 with gathering for family and friends prior from 12:00 - 2:00.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org

  • FAMILY

  • Alice Redding )Bob), Daughter
  • Phyllis Harris (Mike), Daughter
  • Elliot Hughes (Amy), Grandchild
  • Erin Ross, Grandchild
  • Taylor Hughes, Great Grandchild
  • Emma Hughes, Great Grandchild
  • Ethan Hughes, Great Grandchild
  • Noah Hughes, Great Grandchild
  • Evan Ross, Great Grandchild
  • Jackie Ross, Great Grandchild
  • Peggy Silk, Sister
  • Helen was born to parents, Paul and Eula Williams on October 5, 1924. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Paul, Jr. and by her beloved husband of 40 years, Frank C. Billingsley, Jr.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 7, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service

Memories

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Marta Hazelgrove

June 7, 2019

I had Mrs Billingsley in the 6th grade at Wells Station School. She was the most loving person, made us all feel special, and was such a beautiful person - inside and out. She was one of my favorite teachers! Marta Nichols Hazelgrove

Carol Moling

June 7, 2019

Helen was a charter member of Beta Gamma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. In addition to her leadership and service, she was known to drive other members to meetings while offering sing alongs to and fro! Her Sisters will stand as her name is read at All Saints Chapel, University of the South, Sewanee, Ceremony of Remembrance.

Melinda Todd Clemons

June 7, 2019

Mrs. Billingsley was that teacher that EVERYONE wanted her class! I was one of the lucky ones to be blessed to have her as my 6th grade teacher.
She was always encouraging and wanted us all to achieve our best. I broke my arm that year and I just remember her being so thoughtful, caring and kind. She made us all feel special. She is the one teacher I will never forget.
My condolences to her loved ones.

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Biography

Helen Billingsley, 94, of Memphis, TN, passed away on June 4, 2019.

Helen was born to parents, Paul and Eula Williams on October 5, 1924. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Paul, Jr. and by her beloved husband of 40 years, Frank C. Billingsley, Jr.
Helen is survived by two daughters, Alice Redding (Bob) of Jackson, TN and Phyllis Harris (Mike) of Germantown, TN; two grandchildren, Elliot Hughes (Amy) and Erin Ross; six great grandchildren, Taylor, Emma, Ethan, and Noah Hughes and Evan and Jackie Ross; and one sister, Peggy Silk of Walpole, MA.

Helen graduated from Humes High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Southwestern and a Master’s Degree at Memphis State University. She taught 30 years, mostly at Wells Station Elementary School. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, teachers’ sorority.

Helen loved the Lord and took many leadership roles during her 60 years of active membership at Highland Heights United Methodist Church. She lived her faith. Helen enjoyed travel and made many nice trips. She loved to enjoy time with family, especially with the grandchildren and nieces and nephews whom she adored.

Helen lived at Kirby Pines Lifecare Community for almost 19 years and was active in the Up Lifters’ Circle, the music program, and the Upper Room Group there.

The celebration of her life will be at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar on Friday, June 7th at 2:00 with gathering for family and friends prior from 12:00 - 2:00.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org