Billie Jo Holliday
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Billie Jo Holliday
  • February 26, 1936 - October 25, 2017
  • Odessa, Texas

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Billie Holliday, 81, of Odessa, was peacefully called home by her Lord and Savior on October 25, 2017 in Odessa, TX. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 pm at Frank Wilson Funeral Home Services will be held on Monday, October 30, at 11:00 am in the Chapel at Frank Wilson Funeral Home with Curtis Thomas, Groups Pastor at Lubbock Hillside Christian Church will officiate ceremony. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Billie was born in Athens, TX and moved to Odessa as a young child. She attended Bowie Jr. High and Odessa High School. She found her soul mate and love of her life and married Marshall D. Holliday on March 4, 1966 in Odessa after a three month courtship that lasted a lifetime. They celebrated 51 beautiful years together in March and are the appitamy of the perfect love story Their love for their children, grandchildren and great grand-children was known by anyone who knew her. She was loved and respected in the community and all that knew her. Mother loved her Lord, her Family and her home. RV 'ing and seeing her world with Marshall and their children, never leaving anyone behind. Camping with family and friends for years to Ft. Davis, Colorado, and their favorite place Cloudcroft, NM. They also served together for many years with their church and led their family by faith and knowing God's word. Billie had the kindest heart always opening her home and sharing what she had with all who needed it. Although she was never officially a foster Mother, many children she adored benefited from Nana's love and continued support to her last day on this earth . Her own grandchildren and family were the source of happiness for her; and she cherished the many life long friends she made along her journey here on earth. Billie loved to play the piano and self taught herself as a very young girl how to play the piano on a wooden painted board that her father made her. She played by ear and chords only. Playing for the last time just two weeks ago with her youngest great grandson that came to meet her. She took great joy in playing with all of her kids, grandchildren, and great grandchildren sitting right beside her and also playing in church and for her friends. She was truly a wonderful wife, mother, and grandma and loved beyond measure. We will always remember her courage and strength she led her family by and what it takes to fight the fight for everything you love in life. Her strong faith and trust in her Lord shined through everyday, truly a Warrior! Billie was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi for many years where she held every office. She was Woman of the Year and Sweetheart of her Chapter on several occasions. She was a long time member of 6th and Jackson Church of Christ until following her grandsons ministry to Crescent Park Baptist Church where she is a member today. Billie is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Nora Mangan and her brothers, Raymond, Joe Jr., and Leonard Mangan. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Clarence Neal Johnson, Odessa, daughters, Sherry Johnson McCrary and husband Bruce of San Antonio, Vicki Johnson Holliday, Midland, and Serena Holliday Freeland, and husband Paul of Odessa. Grandchildren Ryan Thomas and wife Dondi of Leander, (Bryant, Preston, Davron), Curtis Thomas and wife Cassie of Lubbock, (Cohen, Cason), Tyler McCrary and wife Kathryn of Atlanta, GA, (Thomas), Marshall, Neal Johnson, Odessa, David Freeland and wife Brittany, Odessa, Michael Freeland, Ft. Worth. Pallbearers will be Billie's precious grandsons and son in laws by her own request. Our family would like to thank Dr. Renuka Borra and her nurses, Gracy and Donella and all the staff at WTCC for all the love and care given to our Mother in the last two years, a special Thank you to those that cared for her in the infustion lab as your tenderness was apparent and sincerely appreciated by this family, all angels God placed directly in mom's life! In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the West Texas Gift of Hope (www.hopehouseodessa.org), Meals on Wheels, or charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.