Bridge players can be surrounded with Black History and not know it. All they want to know, “Can she play?” BILLIE JEAN was walking- around- us-Black -History and many didn’t know it.We remember that soft-spoken red-head who called everyone “Babe”.
In 1995 we relocated to Raleigh and I attended College View games on a regular basis. Billie appeared to have 100% attendance---traveling in rain, snow and sleet.
The home-going services were held at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham—a large church with 8 beautiful almostfloor- to-ceiling stained glass windows and a pipe organ that any pastor would die for---provided he could find someone to play it to advantage. One of the stained glass windows was donated in honor of Asa T. Spaulding, founder of NC Mutual Insurance Company.
Several resolutions were read from other churches and local politicians- Shaw University, NCNEA, Triangle Military Wives, St Joseph AME church, and College View.Mary Mason Young spoke on behalf of CVDBC. In the audience I spotted: Zette Evans, Earnestine Goods, the Burches, Mary & Charisse.
I enjoyed the eulogist who spoke with a sense of humor. He spoke of being cut off in his car on the way to the funeral. He refused to give in to road rage because he was a pastor!
How many of you have scripture marked in your bibles? I didn’t want to deface them, so I never marked them up. Billie had hers marked up and that’s how they found her favorite scriptures.
Corinthians 13 is a favorite family scripture. Back when my mom and I attended a two-room schoolhouse for blacks ( at different times), our teacher would often read that scripture…..You know….”when I was a child….”
Please read her obituary. Billie was a very social butterfly whose favorite color was purple—casket, flowers, outfits of family and friends.