Billie Marie Smith

Published 2:20 pm Thursday, March 22, 2018

Billie Marie Smith, 84, of Groves passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Brookdale Tyler South in Tyler, Texas surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on September 25, 1933 in Groves, Texas to Jones and Lilly Stewart Jones. She married George Smith and they resided in Groves, where they raised their three sons.

Billie was a member of First Baptist Church of Groves where she served as a Sunday School teacher and faithful choir member.  Billie began teaching a women’s Bible study in her home in the early 1970s, which evolved into Community Bible Study and later Joy of Living at First Baptist Church of Groves. She taught God’s Word to women in Mid-County for over 30 years.

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She loved gardening, fishing, and was known as “The Hummingbird Lady” around Groves.

A visitation will be held at First Baptist Church in Groves, beginning at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m., with Dr. Joe Worley, Reverend Linda Smith, and Reverend Charles Miller officiating. A family graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.     

Billie was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, George T. Smith.

She is survived by three sons, Ricky Carroll Smith of Tyler, Larry Paul Smith and wife Robin of Bullard, and George Stephen Smith and wife Dora of Flower Mound, six grandchildren: Leah Gunn, Laura Garner, Lana Walker, Garrett Smith, Preston Smith and Peyton Smith; 11 great grandchildren and her sister,  Mildred Weidenhoff.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to HIS Heart Community Ministries of Calvary Baptist Church, 1300 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203.