Celebrating the life of Lucille Billings Cooper
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Minnie Lucille Billings was born in Pauline, SC on February 6, 1931, to Howard and Martha Billings. She was one of 6 children who grew up in Buffalo, SC. Her strong sense of family started with the closeness she enjoyed with her parents, 4 sisters and a brother. We were fortunate to grow up with such a loving family and have so many wonderful memories of the times spent together.
She is survived by her children Laura (Jed) Sanders, Gail (Eddie) Hutto, Patty (Charles) Gooding, Jimmie (Jeff) Myers, and son James (her favorite); her sisters Judy Billings Cathcart and Ila Billings Lawson; a sister-in-law Rosemary (Cooper) Arrington; and 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.
Lucille was a loving and amazing Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend. She enjoyed sewing for her children and grandchildren. Those that knew her will remember the pretty gingham, yarn-haired “Miss Pat” dolls she enjoyed making for the children in Barnwell. Lucille was a great cook and baked delicious cakes. As a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church, her 10-layers cakes were always a treat at church socials. She loved to fish and was notorious about moving her line to keep your spot “warm” if you pulled in a fish. Her garden was something she enjoyed and would spend many hours there with James and the grandkids in the swing. She loved hosting tea parties for the neighborhood “old ladies” as she herself would fit that description. So many enjoyed the great food, fellowship and laughs during these special gatherings. Lucille was strong, capable and tireless, always giving of herself to others. She was known as Mom, Grandma, Lucy, Coop, and “Cille”, and will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all that knew her.
A special thank you to all the wonderful caregivers that took such good care of her at John E Harter Nursing Center in Fairfax. She was always treated as a loved family member.
Condolences may be sent to the family by going to molefh.com. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3:00PM in the Barnwell County Memory Gardens, with Rev. Dale Hutto and Rev. Dean Deere officiating.
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2728 Reynolds Rd
Barnwell, SC 29812