Funeral services for Billie Jean Little were held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home in Jewett. Bro. Billy Bob Evans officiated. Interment followed the services at Concord Cemetery.
On the evening of Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Billie Jean Little went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of eighty-one.
Billie was born to Louie Bell Russell and Katherine K. Buckner on August 26, 1937, in Goose Creek, TX, near Baytown. She graduated from Milby High School in Houston in 1955. After high school, she worked for Plowden Supply Co and Texaco Oil in Houston. She married Bruce Lovay Little on September 11, 1964 in Houston and one child, Lana, was born. Billie Jean also helped raise her step-sons, Johnny Bruce Little and Steven Little.
Billie loved to cook. She was at her happiest when she had a stove full of food and a house full of people. She was an amazing cook. Many people took joy in her meals. She was always feeding someone and making people laugh with her quick wit and wisdom. When she built her house in Jewett, it was completed on Christmas Eve. Billie & her daughter moved furniture all day and that night, they were both exhausted, yet they put up a Christmas tree. Billie was determined to have her first Christmas in their new house. They both slept on the floor that night.
Billie was so excited when she found out that she was going to be a grandma. This would be her first and only grandchild. She moved to Henderson to be with her daughter to help with a difficult pregnancy. She didn’t know if she was getting a grandson or granddaughter, so she filled the house with clothes for both. When they put her grandson in her arms, she never let go for the next twenty-six years she had with him. He was her life. Billie, Katherine & Cecil Buckner, and Lana raised him to the fine man he is today. Billie gave Brandon all the love she had.
Billie did work some in her retirement years. She worked as a teacher’s aide for the Pre-Kindergarten at Leon ISD, and cooked breakfast for many at the Burger Palace and made friends with them all. She also worked at Jewett Liquor as a cashier and as assistant to the Jewett City Secretary until her macular degeneration claimed her eyesight. Her greatest difficulty in life was when she was diagnosed as “legally blind”. Billie hated to rely on people to take her to her doctors appointments. She was blessed finding an angel on earth to take her wherever she needed to go in Danny Fields. He was a lifeline for her. After each appointment, Danny would splurge on going out to eat. She enjoyed that so much. At home, she relied on Lana and Brandon to lead her through her daily routines.
Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her fathers Louie and Cecil; her mother, Katherine; and her husband, Bruce Lovay Little.
She is survived by her daughter, Lana Little Pierce; one grandson, Brandon Pierce; her two fur babies, Maxine and Gracie; and two special friends, Danny Fields and Elia Vasquez.
Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home in Jewett was in charge of final arrangements. Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or leave a message for the family.