Billie Jean Wakeland Taulbee was born on July 29, 1927, and was raised in Forreston. She graduated from Forreston High School, where she excelled in academics and basketball. Her love for the Lord and Christian faith guided her life daily. She was very proud of her family and always enjoyed caring for others. She served as secretary at First Baptist Church, Waxahachie for 25 years, retiring in 1988. In 2002, Billie Jean moved to Bryan to be close to family and was a devoted member of Hillcrest Baptist Church for the past 16 years. She never met a stranger and always greeted others with a sweet, warm, and friendly smile. Her hobbies included gardening and quilting.
Survivors include her children, Kay and husband Dale Brown of Mineral Wells; Dale Taulbee and wife Lisa of Willow Park; and Kathy and husband Billy Parker of College Station. Her grandchildren are Chase Brown and wife Collyn of Highland Village, Bret Brown of Mineral Wells, Lexa Taulbee of Fort Worth, Melissa Shelton and husband Roy of College Station, and Britni Fangue and husband Mark of Bryan. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Cade Brown, Logan, Madison, Kaelyn, and Kaysen Shelton, and Parker Fangue. Brothers Lon Robert Wakeland and wife Bobbie and Jim Wakeland and wife Janet, and numerous other loving family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R. B. Taulbee, Jr., and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wakeland.
Visitation for family and friends were held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.
Services to celebrate her life were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 15, 2018, in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Dr. Leroy Fenton, officiating. Interment followed at the Forreston Cemetery.