Willie Billie Franklin Vincent, 86, of Orange, died Wednesday, August 29, 2012, in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Dr. Dwane Kelley of First Baptist Church in Sour Lake. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Born in Kelley, Louisiana, on August 21, 1926, Billie was the daughter of J. Edgar Franklin and Ethel (Valentine) Franklin. She worked as a receptionist at Dr. Rice's office, and she was Orange Police Department's first Meter Maid. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Old Timers Pipefitters. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.A. Franklin; brothers, R.T. Franklin and H.C. Franklin; and sister, Ava Carraway. Billie is survived by her daughters, Martha Vincent Gault and husband Joe of Sour Lake, Teresa Wilhite and husband Buddy of Orange; grandchildren, Chade Henry, Shawn Henry, and Heather Wilhite Green; and great-grandchildren, Julianne Henry, Skylar Henry, Chloe Henry, Sophie Henry, Kaitlynne West, and Callissa West. She is also survived by her brothers, M.E. Franklin and Sherrill M. Franklin; sister-in-law, Mae Franklin; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Shari Barnwell. Serving as Pallbearers will be Chade Henry, Shawn Henry, Cody Green, Kenneth Franklin, James Barnwell, and Eddie Shaw. Honorary Pallbearers will be Buddy Wilhite, Joe Gault, Melvin Franklin, and Sherrill Franklin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 31, 2012