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Billie Jewelene Caswell, 83, of Freeport, Fla., passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
She was born May 30, 1928, in Freeport to James and Bessie Commander Melvin. Mrs. Caswell was Baptist by faith and a member of Freeport First Baptist Church. She worked as a nurse's aide and a healthcare worker for many years, having worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and in the Walton County area. She served as a volunteer at Freeport Middle School during the Hurricane Relief Program. She also did alternations in the Freeport area for many years and enjoyed visiting the shut-ins and helping anyone in their time of need. She was one of the first little girls in Freeport to wear overalls. It was known, that if you wanted to know anything about Freeport just ask Billie Caswell.
Mrs. Caswell was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Fred Melvin; and two sons, Carlton "Pee Wee" Wayne Caswell and Lynn Caswell. Mrs. Caswell is survived by her daughters, Linda Sue Clanton and husband, Jimmy, of Eads, Tenn., and Glenda Ann Gressell and husband, Mark, of Memphis; two brothers, Ned Melvin and wife, Carolyn, of Freeport, and Grady Melvin and wife, Brenda, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Shirley Ann Ramsey and husband, Allen, Carlton Dewayne Caswell, Daria Lynn Caswell, Megan Kathleen Caswell, April Dawn Clanton, Christopher Shane Clanton and wife, Ashley, and Heather Ann Gressel; and six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tim, Trish, Macy, Maddie and Sabastian.
A time of visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home, 150 East Highway 20, Freeport. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in Hatcher Cemetery.
You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on Apr. 6, 2012