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Billie “Jill” Williamson Haynes, 88, passed away in her West Monroe home October 16, 2022, following a lengthy illness.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Doss Williamson and Mattie May Williamson McDaniel; sister, Ora Ford Parks; brother, Jack D. Williamson; niece, Jill Hammons; nephew-in-law, Bruce Hammons; cherished chihuahua, Pedro; and her most beloved husband, Eugene B Haynes, Jr., best known as Gene.
Well known for her fiery red nail polish and her equally fiery personality, Billie always admitted that she had lived a very full life. Regardless of whether she was sharing adventurous stories of her glamorous, early adult years spending much time in New York City as a beauty rep for Revlon Cosmetics or the period of her life in which she was the co-owner of “The Show Bar” in Monroe, she would quickly tell you that the best years of her life were the domestic years—the years she spent with her husband, Gene, as a homemaker.
Keeping her memory alive are: step-children Dianne Helms and husband Billy, Donna Gardner and husband Gary, Dena Haynes, and Gene “Sonny” Haynes and wife Donna; sister-in-law, Bobby Williamson; nieces, Lisa Kay Crockett, Rayne Lowder and husband Gary, and Kelly Williamson; nephew, Brice Parks and wife Vicki; grandchildren, Jennifer Moak and husband Jimmy, Brett Gardner and Jason Helms; great-nephew, Aaron DeLong and wife Sheila Sundar; and her forever-sidekick, great-niece, and honorary “granddaughter” Alicia DeLong with whom she had a uniquely special bond, and Alicia’s children Elliot DeLong (and his father Jason McEacharn), and Elexander and Jillian DeLong (and their father Cornelius Duncan).
The family extends the warmest appreciation to Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care, especially nurses Natalie Ward and Julia Cain for the excellent care they provided to Billie.
A graveside service officiated by Brother Ricky Baker will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the Hasley Pavilion Cemetery, West Monroe. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, as it was Billie’s favorite color.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Med Camps of Louisiana, Discovering Downs of NELA, or to Grace Baptist Church in Monroe.
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