Billye McBee, at age 82, went to meet her savior on October 10, 2015. She was born November 21, 1932 to the late Rev. Fred and Grace Medford in Mena, Arkansas and never left the surrounding area.
She graduated from Mena High School and went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Emmett E. McBee on December 24, 1954.
She and her husband were the owners of Pepsi distributing, McBee Thrifway, and the Hitching Post Motel and Restaurant. Later she worked many years as an accountant at Belva Deramus Accounting.
She loved God, family and friends. She and her husband both loved gospel music and were members of the gospel group, “The Reflections”, she loved being able to witness about her Savior through song.
She had been a member of the Union Mission Pentecostal, where her father had pastured in the 1950’s.
She was a wonderful Christian mother, grandmother, and friend. Her silly humor and smile will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by two children, daughter, Vicki Cheshire and Rick Cheshire, and son, Freddy McBee and wife Carie McBee.
She had several grandchildren, Tiffanie Wert, Brandy Youngblood, Sandy Muns, Clinton McBee, Natasha Reeves, Joshua McBee, Jessica Cooper, Daniel Harwood, and Kenny Sipe.
She also had many great-grandchildren, Brice and Reese Reeves, TaNasha, Selena and Myia James: Kirsti and Collin Youngblood: Kaden and Keren Dan: Allsion, Austin and Anderson Wert: Melissa Gamble: Stormy and Austin Cooper: Sarah Harwood: Katadyn Harwood: Isiaha, Addison, and Austin Sipe.
She was preceded in death by, Husband Emmett McBee, parents, Rev. Fred and Grace Medford, sister, Pauline Wagner, and grand-daughter, Mekka James.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy McBee, J.J. Reeves, Shane Medford, George Muns, Hunter Medford, and Rick Deramus.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry McBee, Clinton McBee, William Deramus, Lee Anglin, Darrell Hines, Gerald Liles, and George Muns, Sr.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God Church at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Bill Dunahoo and Reverend David Lankford officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Family and friends visitation will be Friday, October 16, 2015 at Beasley Wood Chapel from 6:00-8:00 p.m.