Billie Ruth Pirtle, 79

Billie Ruth Landrum Pirtle, age  79 of Bogata died Monday April 4,2011 at her residence.  A memorial service will be held at 7pm Thursday April 7 in First Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Tollison officiating.  Wood Funeral Homes of Bogata has charge of arrangements.

Mrs Pirtle was born Feb 7,1932 in Deport the daughter of James Sterlon and Bertha Mae Chance Landrum. She married Kenneth E. Pirtle  in 1956. He preceeded her in death March 13,1987. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister Mary Helen Whitney and a brother James Landrum.

Billie attended Cuningham Schools, Paris Jr College and graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in 1953. She was a retired teacher/coach from Rivercrest ISD having taught there until her retirement in 1987. She was an avid sports fan, receiving the Athletic Booster award from Rivercrest in 2005 and was also inducted into the Rivercrest Hall of Fame in 2008.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bogata.

She is survived by two daughters Kathy Miller and husband Ken of Commerce and Karen Hudson and husband Brad of Paris, three grandchildren Kati Miller of Fort Worth, Kami Miller of Paris and Brandon Hudson of Paris, one great grandson Lane Miller of Paris  a sister in  law Fredrika Hudson and husband David of Mt Pleasant, niece April Hudson, Peggy Risinger, Debby Clark and Tammy Landrum, nephews Johnny Whitney, Mark Hudson and Lance Hudsson and a special friend Bonnie Huddleston.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Rivercrest Educational Foundation, Bogata Cemetery Association or Charity of your choice.


  1. Christy Kennedy says:

    My heart broke today when I heard the sad news of Ms. Billie’s passing. She has been my neighbor for 20 yrs. She watched my kids grow up and was always like a grandmother to both of them they thought alot of her. She was a special friend to me and gave me lots of advise over the years. My family will truely miss her.

    Christy, Ryan and Chris Kennedy

  2. Sharon, Clint, and Hollie Greer says:

    Dearest Pirtle Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Ms. Pirtle’s passing. I loved her. She was always so kind when I would meet up with her. She was a wonderful person and so well respected. I pray that God will help to ease the pain of losing her and that He will comfort you in only the way that He can.

    Sharon (Strawn), Clint, and Hollie Greer

  3. Scotti Wood says:

    So sorry to hear of Ms. Pirtle’s passing. She took care of all of us Rebelettes and was our “mom” while we were in high school. I don’t think I ever heard here say a cross word about anyone and she supported all of us. She was such a dear sweet person and I will always cherish the impact she had on my life. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and Karen and the rest of the family.

  4. Janie Ballard says:

    So sorry to hear about Billie. My mom, dad, and I lived next door to Jim and Ora during the 1950’s in Johntown. They were such good friends as well as Billie and Kenneth and Fredricka and David and their families. I know that you girls probably don’t remember me, but I remember when you all along with Mark would come to Jim and Oras. I loved it when you came. Billie was a special lady. She touched many lives and will be remembered by many as “coach”. May God hold you in His arms as you go through this loss. Just know that one day you will see her again on the other side. My mom died in 2007 and I still miss her, but know that she is happy and pain free. God Bless, Janie (Lowry) Ballard

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