Funeral services for Billie Jeanene Prewett, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Prewett passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024, at her home at Cedarhurst.
She was born November 24, 1934, at Oxford, Arkansas to the late Eldridge Sherrell and Faye Ballard Sherrell. Billie graduated from Oxford High School, and on May 2, 1950, she was married at Oxford, Arkansas to Jewell Wayne Prewett, who preceded her in death on October 9, 2021. After moving to West Plains, Missouri, Billie devoted her early years to raising their children, Janet, Judy, and Joe. Once the children were older, Billie owned and operated Southern Hills Jewelry Store. She continued her love of retail sales and later opened The Gift Shop and The Craft Center in the Southern Hills Mall. Billie loved home décor and collectibles including her extensive collections of Hummels and Precious Moments figurines. She had a particular interest in the stock market and watched the news daily to check her stocks and recorded it in her ledger. After retirement, Billie enjoyed traveling. She and Wayne took several cross-country trips on Amtrak, and if there was a West Plains Bank trip to Tunica, she was likely on the bus. First and foremost was her family. Billie was so proud of her grandchildren and their many accomplishments. She might have been most proud that all six grandchildren graduated from college, which was made possible with the help she and Wayne provided. As much as Billie loved her family, that love was returned tenfold by her three children who lovingly cared for her in her later years. Janet and Judy took her to and from dialysis three times a week, while Joe had breakfast with her each morning making sure she started her day out on a good note. Billie was of the Baptist faith and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of West Plains. Her faith was important to her, and she spoke often about being brought up in a Christian home, and she continued that when she raised her own family.
Billie is survived by her three children, daughter Janet Robinson and husband Larry, daughter Judy Carr, and son Joe Prewett and wife Stacy, all of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Mallory Snodgras (David), Charlie Robinson (Brittney), Sam Robinson (Paige), Amber Carr, Alex Prewett (Kate), and Max Robinson (Katherine); ten great-grandchildren, Isabelle Snodgras, Brady Gaines, Emma Gaines, Nora Robinson, Hollis Snodgras, Myles Prewett, Poppy Robinson, Jack Robinson, Billie Robinson, and Porter Prewett; brother-in-law Joe Spears; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Her husband, parents, in-laws, Cleo and Lola Prewett, sisters Lena Dockins, Joyce Bryant, and Pam Johnson, brother Donnie Sherrell, brothers-in-law Billy Dockins and Joe Johnson, and sister-in-law Glyn Spears preceded her in death.
Mrs. Prewett will lie in state from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation services will be held from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri State University, West Plains and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775.