On June 22, 2021, Billie Jean Phagans accepted an offer to be reunited with long-lost friends and family. We know her beloved schnauzer Maxi was most excited for the reunion.
Billie was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 7, 1927 to Hugh Davies and Amy Davies Durham. When she was eight years old she moved to Duncan, Oklahoma with her Mom and stepfather. She graduated from Duncan High School where she was a cheerleader and made top notch grades. After high school she attended Chickasha Women's College, but she left before graduating to marry Jack Earl Phagans. Billie and Jack ran a Kirby store on Main Street for twenty years and had two daughters Candice and Sandra. The Kirby store was a frequent hangout of her grandchildren and they loved that it had the most amazing fort building boxes on the planet. Billie and Jack loved to travel and lived all over the country including Las Vegas and Hawaii.
Billie loved volunteering and giving back to the community. She regularly volunteered for Christian Concerned and spent over 4400 hours with Duncan Regional Hospital Auxiliary. On some days she could be found taking long walks in Redbud Park and chatting up many neighbors and friends along the way. She was a long standing member of The First Christian Church of Duncan, and jumped at any opportunity to eat at Napolis after the service. She was a spunky little thing who always gave her opinion freely. She was also very proud of the fact she never had a single cavity in 94 years.
She was better known to her family as Meme or Super Meme by her great grandchildren, who she loved. She was an amazing grandmother and would go above and beyond and do anything for her family. Her grandchildren will cherish weekly lunches in high school which seemed more like Thanksgiving dinner every Monday. She was so much fun and would stop anything she was doing for a game of Monopoly, hide and seek, or to whip up a batch of her famous fried rice. We were lucky to have had her for 94 years. She was loved and will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents Hugh Davies and Amy Davies Durham, husband Jack Phagans, daughter Sandra Phagans, and grandsons David and Bryan Williams. Billie is survived by her daughter Candice and David Williams of St. Cloud, Florida, sisters Betty Craighead of Midwest City and Patsy Prater of Washington, grandchildren Ashley Cross of Tulsa and Justin Speegle of Edmond. Billie's great grandchildren were Liam, Colin and Vivian Cross of Tulsa, and Emma, Ian, and AJ Speegle of Edmond, as well as Logan and Liniya Williams of Sorrento, Florida.
Many thanks to all the caring staff at Elk Crossing for loving her in her final days, especially during Covid.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, July 1, at 1:00 P.M. in the Whitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Southerland officiating. Interment will follow in the Duncan Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.