Alice Billings­ley

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES -

Alice Ortwein Billings­ley, 85, of Chat­tanooga, passed away on Oc­to­ber 3, 2020 sur­rounded by loved ones. She was the last sur­viv­ing sib­ling of her fam­ily and leaves a strong legacy.

Alice was born July 21, 1935 in Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee to the late, Rev. and Mrs. Malvin (Alice Un­der­wood) Ortwein. Alice grad­u­ated from Cen­tral High School. She worked for and re­tired from Com­bus­tion En­gi­neer­ing af­ter 44 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice.

Alice was a life­long and old­est mem­ber of East Ridge United Methodist Church (pre­vi­ously Saint James UMC). She served as their pi­anist for over 40 years. She served in many ca­pac­i­ties of the church in­clud­ing UMW pres­i­dent, bereavemen­t chair, mem­ber­ship chair, and youth leader. She or­ga­nized many trips for the senior group. She had a pas­sion for all of her fam­ily, keep­ing up with them by phone and loved vis­it­ing with them. She loved her church, serv­ing oth­ers, travel, camp­ing, and meet­ing peo­ple. She or­ga­nized many fam­ily re­unions, Oak Grove gath­er­ings, and high school re­unions. She en­joyed ceram­ics and pic­tures.

Alice was pre­ceded in death by her afore­men­tioned par­ents, and all her broth­ers and sis­ters, Amy Ortwein, Hu­bert (Freda) Ortwein, Bet­tye (Buster) Parker, Robert (Eleanor) Ortwein, Wil­liam (Ellen) Ortwein, James Ortwein, Mil­dred (Lel­ton) Ward and sev­eral neph­ews.

Left be­hind to cher­ish her mem­ory are her hus­band of 66 years, Gil­bert W. Billings­ley, daughter, Pamela (Robert) Law­son, grand­daugh­ters, Alicin Law­son, Anna Law­son, Tif­fany Nabors, great-grand­daugh­ter, Jas­myne Nabors, sis­ters-in-laws, Aline Ortwein and Brenda Billings­ley, sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of nieces and neph­ews, and her adopted fam­ily; Pamela and Todd Tay­lor, Tay­lor and Brigette Lowe; Jolee Grace Lowe, Glenda Perry Ste­wart; and Pa­trice Miller.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Alice’s life will be held Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. It will be live-broad­casted from the fu­neral home’s Face­book page, https://www.face­­tanoogaeas­tchapel. You are wel­come to view the ser­vice vir­tu­ally. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at the fu­neral home on Wed­nes­day evening from 4-8 p.m. She will be laid to rest in the Lake­wood South Mem­ory Gar­dens.

A very spe­cial thanks to the hospice team with Hospice of Chat­tanooga, Kim Sweeten, Tionya Mead­ows, Laura Wil­son, Jeanne Bau­com, Bill Bond, and Ruby Byrd.

In lieu of flow­ers the fam­ily re­quests that me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions be made in Alice’s mem­ory to ei­ther Hospice of Chat­tanooga, 4413 Oak­wood Dr, Chat­tanooga, TN 37416 or to East Ridge Methodist Church, Young at Heart, or UMW, 1601 Prater Rd, Chat­tanooga, TN 37412.

We re­spect­fully re­quest that all cur­rent man­dates set forth by the CDC and the Hamil­ton County Health De­part­ment be ad­hered to. This in­cludes “so­cial dis­tanc­ing” and wear­ing masks at all times while on the premises.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the care of Chat­tanooga Fu­neral Home Cre­ma­tory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

Please share your thoughts and mem­o­ries at www.Chat­tanoogaEas­

Chat­tanooga Fu­neral Home Cre­ma­tory & Florist 423-698-2541

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