BIELLING, BILLIE M.
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On February 13, 2014 Mrs. Billie M. Bielling passed away at North Florida Regional Medical Center after an arduous illness.
Known to many as "Ms. B" or "Nanny", Billie was born to John Dawkins and Bessie Queen McCarley on March 24, 1930. She grew up on her Grandfather Fate Harden's timber land in Union and Columbia Counties. She attended elementary school in Mason City and Middle School in Providence and then graduated from Union County High in Lake Butler, all in the State of Florida.
During these times she received voice and piano lessons from local instructors and was an accomplished Soprano. Many throughout her life enjoyed and marveled over her beautiful voice in church, weddings and funerals. (She could break the crystal!).
After marrying her husband of 50 years, Jesse R. "Jack" Bielling, Jr., they began a career in agriculture producing acres and acres of vegetables in the Providence area. The last few years of her life she enjoyed vegetable gardening again. Upon a career change for Mr. Bielling, "Ms. B" worked with a local Credit Bureau in Lake City, Fl. Moving to Tallahassee, Fl, with Mr. Bielling's work, "Ms. B" continued her work with a Credit Bureau in Tallahassee during the Mid 60's. After returning to Lake City, FL in the late 60's for Mr. Bielling to continue his career with the Florida Department of Transportation, "Ms. B" began a career in the Banking Industry with local Savings and Loans. New Accounts and Customer Relations became her forte, because of her people skills and glowing personality. She completed her career as personal assistant to the editor/publisher of The Lake City Reporter. (Work she thoroughly enjoyed.) During this time, she was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, often times feeding the multitudes and maintaining their home.
After retirement "Ms. B" and Mr. Bielling spent most of their time at their beloved home in Suwannee, FL; fishing and preparing southern style meals for neighbors and friends, was a routine activity. Soon after Mr. Bielling passed away in 1999, "Ms. B" made Suwannee her permanent residence. She resided there until her death. Nothing pleased "Nanny" more than talking about her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Suwannee Baptist Church where she was an active member of the church choir. "Ms. B" was preceded in death by her parents John and Bessie McCarley, her infant daughter, Susan Marie and her husband Jesse R. (Jack) Bielling, Jr.
She is survived by sons David Reginald "Reggie" Bielling (Patti) Lake City, Jesse R. "Jimmy" Bielling, III (Kathy) Providence, grandchildren Jordan Catherine Bielling Horne (Justin), Jesse R. Bielling, IV (Lynsi), Betty Rees Bielling and Mari Hines McKanna (Betty's sister), great-grandchildren Justiss Cait Horne, Jacklynn Marie Horne and Jesse R. "Jax" Bielling, V. She is also survived by her sisters Betty Jo (Glenn) Howard, Dukes, FL, Bobbie Sue Vincent, Green Cove Springs, FL, Gertrude (Jack) Huber, Orlando, FL, many adored nieces and nephews and a host of supportive and caring friends.
Funeral services for "Ms. B" will be conducted at Noon on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in the Providence Village Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Edwards and Rev. Dax Summerall officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends for ONE HOUR prior to the service at the church. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Suwannee Baptist Church, P.O. Box 147, Suwannee, Florida 32692 in memory of Billie M. Bielling. Arrangements are under the care of the Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL, 32025. Please sign the online guestbook at
Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home
458 S Marion Ave. Lake City, FL 32025
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2014