Billie Ruth Hickman McMillion passed peacefully on March 2, 2018. She was born to Iva Owen and J.J. Hickman on October 4, 1929 in Venus, TX.

She attended grade school at Wyatt (Midlothian) and lived down the road from the McMillion family farm. The daughter of sharecroppers, the Hickmans moved to Arlington when she was 8. Billie rode her bicycle down Abrams delivering war bonds. She worked at the Eastern Star Home on Division. She was popular, a cheerleader, a Rainbow girl and began singing and “twirling a rope” (Dale Evans’ style).

Billie’s family moved back to Midlothian in 1946 and she was introduced around town by her old neighbor and classmate, Charles Wayne McMillion. The community embraced her, made her a cheerleader and asked her to sing at First Baptist each Sunday. She was FFA Sweetheart, Best All-Around Girl and quickly won the heart of the football captain, Charles Wayne.

After graduating in May 1947, they married in July and moved to Ft. Worth. Billie worked for Curtis Mathes Corporation for over 30 years, advancing to Comptroller and then owning her own retail store. Billie and Wayne bought a farm very close to Wyatt and moved there in 1983.

Throughout those years they were fortunate to experience travel in the U.S. and abroad and spent frequent time with their “gang”. Billie loved her friends, her family, laughed easily and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She loved music, poetry, birds, plants and flowers and took up painting after she retired. Billie loved playing with her grandchildren, then great-grandchildren and lived by The Golden Rule.

Her light will continue to shine on all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Way McMillion, son, Charles Wayne McMillion Jr. and wife, Marilyn, Susan McMillion Martin and husband, Weyman, grandchildren, Casey and Tony Mason, great-grandchildren, Madden, Maverick, Anna and Raelynn Mason.