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Billie Ruth Wooldridge

November 22, 1930April 13, 2020

Billie Ruth Wooldridge, 89, of Seadrift passed away April 13, 2020. She was born November 22, 1930 in Edinburg to William Leonard and Mary Ann O’Briant. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Seadrift. Billie is survived by her son, Greg Wooldridge (Grace); son-in-law, Kenneth Smith; sister, Joyce Gibbs (Gary); brothers, Leonard O’Briant (Kathryn), Murlyn O’Briant (Judy); sister-in-law, Dora O’Briant; grandchildren, Stephanie Wooldridge (David Tucker), Zachary Wooldridge, Brad Smith (Pam), Shawn Smith (Janet); and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Leroy Wooldridge; daughter, Kathy Smith; parents; brother, Gable O’Briant; and great-great-granddaughter, Stevie-Lynn Nicole Brown. Private services will be held.


  • Kenneth Leroy Wooldridge, Husband (deceased)
  • William Leonard O'Briant, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Ann Ezell O'Briant, Mother (deceased)
  • Kathy Smith, Daughter (deceased)
  • Kenneth Smith, Son-in-law
  • Gerg Wooldridge, Son
  • Grace Wooldridge, Daughter-in-law
  • Joyce (Gary) Gibbs, Sister
  • Leonard (Kathryn) O'Briant, Brother
  • Murlyn (Judy) O'Briant, Brother
  • Gable O'Briant, Brother (deceased)
  • Dora O'Briant, Sister-in-law
  • Stephanie Wooldridge (David Tucker), Grandaughter
  • Zachary Wooldridge, Grandson
  • Brad (Pam) Smith, Grandson
  • Shawn (Janet) Smith, Grandson
  • Stevie-Lynn Nicole Brown, Great-Great-Grandchild (deceased)
  • Billie also leaves behind numerous great-grandchildren,great-great-grandchildren,nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.

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  • First Baptist Church of Seadrift


  • Private Family Service

    Thursday, April 16, 2020


Billie Ruth Wooldridge

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Gale Moore Pena

April 15, 2020

To Gregory and family,
I am sorry for the loss of your dear mother, Billie Ruth. I last visited with her on Halloween 2015. I had driven my mom to her high school reunion in Seadrift. The next day, mom, Pearl, Louise and I went to see Aunt Billie Ruth.

I was struck by how little she had changed at that time. Her hair was still coiffed, her house was neat and tidy and her voice sounded exactly the same. I was so glad that we got to visit even if it was brief.

Mom's Alzheimer's had progressed to the point that I doubted that she would be able to travel back to Seadrift again. I have held that memory close to my heart, knowing that it might be the last time.

Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. She was a very special woman and I will always remember her.

May flights of angels sing her to her rest. Amen.

Gale Moore Peña


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