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OBITUARY

Billie Jean Yates Falzone

May 16, 1931July 6, 2020
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Billie Jean Falzone, age 89, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2020 in her Gulf Breeze home. She was born on May 16, 1931 to Thurman Edward Yates and Florence Barker Yates. She was married for 64 years to her adoring husband, Peter Angelo Falzone, Sr., who preceded her in death in 2015.

Billie loved to travel and did so with her husband and family. Some of the great memories she made were on trips that included her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved sightseeing and participating in cooking schools in which she could outcook the best, but nothing would ever compare to the famous Falzone spaghetti sauce and lasagna she prepared each holiday!

For many years Billie played bridge, golfed, fished, and even deer hunted with her husband, Pete. She often hosted a fish fry with friends and family to enjoy their fresh catch. Billie enjoyed outings to the casinos to try her luck on the slot machines and was a fan of attending Mardi Gras parades each year with family. She was an active member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze.

Billie is survived by her sister Mary Ann Miller (Mack), brother Ed Yates, and brother-in-law Charlie Griffith; her four children Paula Jernigan (Richard), Peter Falzone, Jr. (Marina), Tim Falzone (Amy), and Terri Haarala (Richard); grandchildren Mark Jernigan (Sara), David Jernigan, Marissa Shelton (Tim), Sophia Falzone, Patrice Werlin (Joden), Regan Haarala, and Ethan Haarala; great grandchildren Theodore Jernigan, Lilly Shelton, Luca Shelton, Emma Werlin, Lena Smith-Dyche, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her spouse Peter Falzone, Sr.; sisters Edna Gibson (Joe) and Christy Griffith; sister in law Kathy Yates; grandchildren Jennifer Smith and Jeremy Smith. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

A private memorial service will be held for the family.

  • FAMILY

  • Peter Falzone Sr., Spouse (deceased)
  • Edna Gibson (Joe), Sister (deceased)
  • Christy Griffith, sister (deceased)
  • Kathy Yates, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Jennifer Smith, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Jeremy Smith, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Mary Ann Miller (Mack), Sister
  • Ed Yates, Brother
  • Charlie Griffith, Brother-in-law
  • Paula Jernigan (Richard), Daughter
  • Peter Falzone Jr. (Marina), Son
  • Tim Falzone (Amy), Son
  • Terri Haarala (Richard), Daughter
  • Mark Jernigan (Sara), Grandchild
  • David Jernigan, Grandchild
  • Marissa Shelton (Tim), Grandchild
  • Sophia Falzone, Grandchild
  • Patrice Werlin (Joden), Grandchild
  • Regan Haarala, Grandchild
  • Ethan Haarala, Grandchild
  • Theodore Jernigan, Great Grandchild
  • Lilly Shelton, Great Grandchild
  • Luca Shelton, Great Grandchild
  • Emma Werlin, Great Grandchild
  • Lena Smith-Dyche, Great Grandchild
  • and many nieces and nephews

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mack Miller, Active Pallbearer
  • Richard Jernigan, Active Pallbearer
  • Richy Haarala, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Jernigan, Active Pallbearer
  • David Jernigan, Active Pallbearer
  • Ethan Haarala, Active Pallbearer
  • Ed Yates, Honorary Pallbearer

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Billie Jean Falzone. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Billie was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

       She was the daughter of Thurman and Florence Yates. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Billie was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Billie's personality throughout her life.

      Though Billie was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Billie was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Billie worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Billie was raised with four siblings. She had one younger brother, Ed, and three younger sisters, Edna (sis), Mary Ann, and Christy. Billie and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Billie was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Billie was always tactful. One thing Billie will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Billie had a number of interests and was an active child. Billie took part in basketball.

      For Billie, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Billie was also adept at details. Billie was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Pensacola High School in 1949.

      There was one thing that all of Billie's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Billie was such a popular person throughout her life. But Billie was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Billie was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Billie was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Billie was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Billie was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Billie made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. Billie had many friends and neighbors that she enjoyed playing bridge and celebrating events with. She and Pete were long time friends with George Shell, Peggy Higdon, Ted and Nancy Risch, Bill and Catherine Mayer, John, and Joanne Whistler, Alan and Elaine Shephard, Billy Ray and Kathy Price, Ralph and Beth Fuller, Tom and Tonya Wallin, Dewey and Angela Craig, Mary Louise Smith, Ginny Johnson, June Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Leff, George and Gloria White, Bill and Parnisha Edwards, Jim and Lucille Osborne, Jim and Kay Roth, and Bill and Betty Farinas. She also had many friends in her Tiger Point neighborhood that she enjoyed walking with and going out to eat with.

      Billie was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Billie cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On June 3, 1950 Billie married Peter Angelo Falzone, Sr. at St. Michaels Rectory of Pensacola, Florida. Compassionate and devoted, Billie worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Billie and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Billie was blessed with four children, Two sons, Pete and Tim, and two daughters, Paula and Terri. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Mark, David, Marissa, Sophia, Patrice, Jeremy, Jennifer, Regan, and Ethan. Billie was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Billie was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Billie would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Billie, and she expected the same from those around her. Billie was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Billie was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Billie handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was a homemaker. She did volunteer at Sacred Heart School as a Grey Lady whiler her children attended that school. She also was a Girl Scout leader. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      A methodical woman, Billie enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were playing bridge, golfing, fishing, hunting, traveling, and going to a casino.

      Billie was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Billie was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Billie played basketball. Recreational sports included golfing. Billie also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Atlanta Braves baseball, New Orleans Saints Football, Winter Olympics figure skating and Summer Olympics gymnastics, and PGA Golf.

     Her high moral standards and traditional values served Billie well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She bacame a Catholic when she married Peter Falzone. She attended several churches in the Pensacola and Gulf Breeze area depending on where she lived. She belonged to Sacred Heart in Pensacola, St. Sylvester in Gulf Breeze, and St. Ann in Gulf Breeze. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

      Not only did Billie enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Billie traveled throughout the world with her husband Pete. They also enjoyed visiting Las Vegas to attend shows and try their hand at the casinos. Some of Billies favorite vacations included those in which the whole family traveled together. The 'Cowboy Country' trip to Yellowstone, multiple trips to Colorado and Whistler Canada to go snow skiing, and a Caribbean Cruise to Mexico, Jamaica, and the Caymen Islands were among these. Billie loves to cruise throughout different regions of Europe like Italy and Greece. She especially enjoyed her trips to Iceland, St. Petersburg Russia, and the Danube River Cruise along with those to the Panama Canal, Alaska, New England, and multiple cruises to the Caribbean. Billie loved to plan what to see in each of the ports of call and to see other cultures. She also took frequent trips to New Orleans with her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Richard to attend cooking schools and Mardi Gras.

      Billie passed away on July 6, 2020 at Her home at the Arbors in Gulf Breeze, Florida. She is survived by her sister Mary Ann Miller (Mack), brother Ed Yates, and brother-in-law Charlie Griffith; her four children Paula Jernigan (Richard), Peter Falzone, Jr. (Marina), Tim Falzone (Amy), and Terri Haarala (Richard); grandchildren Mark Jernigan (Sara), David Jernigan, Marissa Shelton (Tim), Sophia Falzone, Patrice Werlin (Joden), Regan Haarala, and Ethan Haarala; great grandchildren Theodore Jernigan, Lilly Shelton, Luca Shelton, Emma Werlin, Lena Smith-Dyche, and many neices and nephews. Services were held at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel. Billie was laid to rest in Bayview Memorial Park in Pensacola, Florida.

      Billie was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Billie was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Billie Jean Falzone.

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