Billie Woodard
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Billie Woodard
  • April 19, 1930 - January 29, 2018
  • Abilene, Texas

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Billie Jean Jackson Woodard peacefully ended her earthly life and passed into eternal life with her Savior on January 29, 2018.
She was born near Talpa in Coleman County on April 19, 1930 to Jim Will and Bessie Ray Jackson. Reared in Coleman by her loving parents in a lively household, she was one of five "Jackson women." From an early age, she was fortunate to have piano/organ lessons as her dear mother took in laundry in exchange for lessons. She fondly recalled her time as a drummer in Coleman High School band under the direction of "Prof" James E. King. Graduating from Coleman High School in 1947, she soon married her sweetheart, Harold Woodard, on November 30, 1947.
Billie and Harold lived in Coleman until 1950 when they moved to Abilene while Harold attended Hardin-Simmons University, and Billie worked at Citizens National Bank. In 1954, they returned to Coleman where Billie happily experienced life as a coach's wife and worked at Coleman County State Bank until son Steve was adopted as an infant and was unconditionally loved. Treasured friends Glenn and Betty Mitchell were instrumental in arranging Steve's adoption.
Odessa became home in 1967. Billie and Harold became enthusiastic members of Temple Baptist Church where Billie was organist for many years. They both worked for Ector County ISD. Retiring in 1992, her career included registrar at Odessa High School and Administrative Assistant for the Regional Day School for the Deaf.
Retirement brought volunteering at Medical Center Hospital and travel to Virginia, Oregon, and their favorite, Yeargan's River Bend on the Frio.
When Harold fell ill in 1999, Billie demonstrated a level of love and devotion that marriage is supposed to be built on. Her loving care for Harold impacted family, friends, and his care providers until his death in 2005. Dear friends Jim & Kay French, David & Debbie Boatright, and the whole Harvester's Class at Crossroads graciously held her up and comforted during Harold's long illness and especially after his death.
Returning to Abilene to live right next door to Steve and family in 2010, Billie loved being close to her grandchildren. She also enjoyed worship and fellowship at Wylie Baptist Church. Our love and thanks to this dear congregation and staff who have provided great comfort during this journey.
A great tribute to God's grace, even as Billie's health and memory declined, she remained resilient and positive. She loved Jesus and entrusted her salvation and life to Him.
We are forever grateful to Patricia Robinson who went above and beyond to lovingly provide both physical and spiritual care. Our thanks also to all the caregivers at Wisteria Legacy Lane where Billie lived the last year of her life. Additionally, the family would like to express special thanks for the compassionate care and expertise of Dr. Robert Striegler.
Billie is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Woodard; her parents, Jim Will and Bessie Jackson; her brother, James Jackson; her sisters (and brothers-in-law), Ozell & Raymond Dunn, Opal & Berlie Dunn, Gwen Jackson, and Betty & Glenn Mittel. Also preceding are her in-laws, Henderson Allen & Bessie Lou Thomas Woodard. What a reunion she must be having with the loved ones who have gone on before!
Billie cherished her family and thought they could do no wrong-especially her grandchildren. Surviving are her son Steve and wife Teresa of Abilene; grandson Jim William Woodard and wife Jessica and great-granddaughter Elizabeth of Lubbock; granddaughter Katherine (Katie) Bess Woodard of Abilene; and brother-in-law, Robert Woodard and Norma of Marble Falls.
Additionally, Billie Jean (or Aunt Bill as she was known to the greats) cherished her nieces and nephews: Jerry (deceased) & Deanna Dunn (Midland); Judy & Jimmy Connell (Midland); Eddie & Debbie Dunn (Odessa); Jana & Robert Daniels (Burleson); Mike Mittel (California), Mark & Charylann Mittel (California), Gayle Woodard Alexander (deceased), and Ginger Woodard Rogers (Coppell).
Serving as pallbearers are: Oscar Cedillo, Pat Fulgim, Ken Hogan, Rodger Kennedy, Leland Kinkade, Terry Monroe, Darrin Ray, and Robert West.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. Funeral service is scheduled for Friday, February 2, 10:00 a.m., at Wylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road, with Rick Grant and Jeff Stewart officiating. Burial will follow at the Coleman City Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy. 277 South, Abilene, Texas. To place on-line condolences, visit www.elliotthamilfuneralhomes.com.
Memorials may be directed to Birthright of Odessa, PO Box 12603, Odessa, TX 79762 or Wylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, TX 79606.
"Home at last."