She was born on February 7, 1926, on a farm near Raymondville, Missouri, the daughter of O.D. Kirkman and Artie Cox Kirkman. Billie married Herschel Reaves on June 2, 1950 and to this union one child, James Donald Reaves, was born.
Billie grew up in Cabool, attended Cabool Schools and went on to attend Southwest Missouri State in Springfield for three years. During World War II Billie spent a year in Iowa working alongside her sister, Alta. She spent several years working at Producers Creamery in Cabool and worked three years at the City of Cabool. She spent many years as a homemaker caring for her family.
Billie was a born-again believer in Jesus Christ our Savior and attended Cabool Christian Church from the age of three until her health prevented her regular attendance. She was a member of Women’s Council and served ten years on the bereavement committee. She enjoyed writing and sending cards to shut-ins and sick friends. She was always compassionate about others. If you knew Billie you knew that she was always worrying about someone else before herself.
Billie was the proudest grandma ever. She loved spending time with her granddaughters, Julia and Jamie, and great-grandson Jackson. They were the light of her life.
Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel Reaves; her parents; and five siblings, Wayne Kirkman, Lee Kirkman, Delmar Kirkman, Alta Ritemeyer and Marie Stroud.
Survivors include her son, James Donald and wife Janice Reaves; two grandchildren, Julia and Jamie Reaves; one great-grandchild, Jackson, all of Cabool; her brother, Don Kirkman of Gold Canyon, Arizona; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2015, at Cabool Christian Church with Bro. Bob Martin and Jeff Randleman officiating. Pallbearers were Danny Kirkman, Hubert Reaves, Kirby Holmes, Craig Pounds, John Casey and Brian Thiele. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her great grandson’s education fund c/o the funeral home.