Obituary of Billye Mae Wilkerson
Billye Mae Wilkerson was born December 6, 1936 in Ranger, Texas. She died August 22, 2018 in Granbury, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Billye married Jerry Griffitts after attending Abilene Christian University. He entered the US Navy and became a pilot. They had three children Mark, Dion, and David. Jerry died in a helicopter crash in California in 1968. Billye returned her family to Abilene where she met and married Wyman Wilkerson in 1969. Wyman had recently lost his wife Clarice to illness. Billye became the mother of Wyman’s two children Sherry and Kyle, and they started a new life together. They lived most of their life in and around the Abilene area attending the Highland Church of Christ, the Merkel Church of Christ, and the Hillcrest Church of Christ. Billye was a great homemaker and was known most of her life as Mom or Nana. She loved taking care of her kids and spending time with her grandkids.
Billye and Wyman loved the Lord and trusted him. They had a wonderful life together and learned to deal with loss in greater measures than most. Their example of gracefully accepting life and living on God’s strength was an amazing example to their family and friends.
Billye is survived by her sister Peggy Pullias and her husband Dave of Kerrville, a son Mark Wilkerson and his wife Louise of Lansing, NC, a son-in-law Kyle Hammond and his wife Lori of Midland, TX, a son-in-law Pete Simmering and his wife Sally of Abilene, TX and 9 grandchildren, Jake Simmering, Clay Wilkerson, Katy Wilkerson, Creed Wilkerson, Cody Hammond, Caroline Hammond, Catherine Hammond, Madelyn Hammond, and Blake Hammond. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Griffitts, her husband Wyman Wilkerson, sons Kyle Wilkerson and David Wilkerson, and daughters Sherry Simmering and Dion Hammond.