Willia Mae Billye Brown, longtime resident of the Fairfax and Ralston communities, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the Fairfax Manor Nursing Center. She was 85.
Billye was born April 15, 1924 in Quinton, Oklahoma, the daughter of George Pete Barnes and Hattie Coppenger Barnes. She was a graduate of Quinton High School. She was married to Arnell A.C. Brown on November 2, 1944 in Kinta, Oklahoma. The couple lived for a time in Skedee, Oklahoma prior moving to Ralston in 1955. While living in Ralston the couple was active in the Ralston Baptist Church and always involved in the life of their two children. The couple moved to Fairfax in 1968 where they became active in the First Osage Baptist Church.
Billye had been employed at various jobs throughout her years that included the Ralston Caf, the Munsingwear factory in Hominy, the Fairfax Hobby Shop and retired from the Palace Grocery Store. Her enjoyments were her grandchildren and great grandchildren, gardening and sewing.
She is survived by her son, Clifford Brown and wife, Dana, of Jenks, Oklahoma seven grandchildren, Carla Bartlett and husband, Mike, Dean Hendricks and wife, Tiffany, Tommy Hendricks and wife, Joanne, Randi Pawpa and husband, Richard, Clinton Brown and wife, Audra, Kevi Paulk and husband, Taylor, and Ben Brown 12 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents her husband, Arnell her daughter, Patricia Sue Hendricks two sisters, Lorene Harrell and Florene Shelton and one infant brother.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the First Osage Baptist Church with her grandson, Tommy Hendricks presiding. Interment will be in the Fairfax Cemetery under the direction of the HunsakerWooten Funeral Home.
Casket bearers will be Clinton Brown, Ben Brown, Tyler Hillsberg, Josh Hillsberg, Tommy Hillsberg and Logan Hendricks.