Billie Jean Thomason

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Visitation Schedule
Roller-Christeson Funeral Home
519 N. Spring Street
Harrison, AR  72601
Thursday, April 14, 2022
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Service Schedule
Graveside
White Church Cemetery
White Church Road
Harrison, AR  72601
Friday, April 15, 2022
10:00 AM
Cemetery
White Church Cemetery
Highway 206
Harrison, AR  72601
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White Church Cemetery
215 Wray Lane
Harrison, AR  72601
Billie Jean Thomason

of Harrison, AR

April 15, 1927 - April 10, 2022

Billie Jean (Wray) Thomason, received the ultimate baptism on April 10, 2022, just five days short of her 95th birthday.

Billie Jean Thomason was born April 15, 1927, to John and Margie Stockton Wray. She grew up at Krooked Kreek, on the farm with her four siblings, Bige, Lex, Marion, and Rowena. It was with Rowena, one Saturday night on the square, she first laid eyes on her one and only true love, Slick, who leaned up on his pickup truck.

Carlos "Slick" Thomason and Billie Jean Wray were married November 4, 1944. She traveled with Slick to Paris, TX while he served in WWII. After WWII they settled back home in Harrison. In 1947, they had their firstborn, Dean Thomason and Peggy followed nine months later in 1948. Billie worked in retail until she was in her mid-eighties. She made many friends and happy memories, most of which were at the mall in Country Classics and Guys and Dolls.

She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church. She loved skiing on the lake, tending her yard, Blue Bell Ice Cream, trips to War Eagle, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Billie also loved sweets. She could bake the best chocolate chip cookies, the most delicious strawberry pie, and her famous peanut brittle. A peanut brittle that was enjoyed by Sarah, Duchess of York, prized by Bill Clinton, and shared by Senator John Paul Hammerschmidt among members of congress.

Billie lost Slick early in life at the age of fifty. She never considered other suitors as she once told her family, "No one could ever replace his love." Their reunion is imagined to be the very sweetest heaven could offer.

Of all the things Billie was in her life, she was the best, Mother, Call Me Bill, Nin, and Great. No one could ever replace her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Billie is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her husband, Slick; her daughter, Peggy; and her great-granddaughter, Bailie Seals.

She is survived by her son, Dean Thomason; grandchildren, Carla "Sam" Chastain (Steve), Josh Thomason (Amber), Carrie Seals, and Lindsey Thomason; her great-grandchildren, Carlie Seals, Quentin Chastain, Cahl Chastain (Katie), Cade Chastain, Ava Mae, Ruby Wray Thomason, Taylor, Kailey, Ashton, and Carson Dye; her great-great-grandchildren, Emma Shaw and Grayson Breedlove.

Visitation was Thursday, April 14, 2022, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.

Graveside Service was Friday, April 15, 2022, 10 am at White Church Cemetery with Mike Moore and Rev. Carl McCormick officiating.

Pallbearers were Josh Thomason, Steve Chastain, Quentin Chastain, Cahl Chastain, Cade Chastain, and John Wray Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Church Cemetery at 215 Wray Lane Harrison, AR 72601.

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Karen Yeager
Batesville, AR
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Friday, April 15, 2022

Dean, I was so sorry to hear about your mom. I know she will be missed. But, just think of the glorious reunion with your dad and sister. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Diana Rice
Monte Vista, CO
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Friday, April 15, 2022

I'm so sorry for your loss. Many prayers, much love,
Diana (from Shelby's, years ago)

Ann Sanders
Western Grove, AR
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

We're so very sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy to all the family.

Bill "ToeJoe" Strickland
Ann Sanders

Kenton "Kinky" & Mary Guenzel
Higden, AR
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

So sorry to learn about Billie Jeans passing. Our hearts and prayers are with Dean and his family.

Karen Clayton Shelton
Harrison, AR
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Dean, you may not remember me but I was best friends with Peggy growing up. I have so many good memories of your mother. She was a wonderful lady. Loved her chocolate chip cookies. She even brought some of them to one of our class reunions. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to you and all your family.

Rebecca Anderson
Harrison, AR
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Such a lovely, elegant lady. Always nice to everyone.
What a reunion in heaven.

Alona Alexander
Harrison, AR
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

RIP Billie Jean. Throughout your life, you brought so much joy and blessing to everyone you knew. You were such an example of the best of humanity, always sharing a kind word, that wonderful smile, and the twinkle in your eye; even during times of times of personal sadness. Go rest high my dear lady. Will be thinking about the family during this most difficult time.

Steve and Nancy McLeod
Savannah, GA
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Dean, our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family. Your Mom was one Classy Lady. Lots of fond memories of her. With our deepest sympathy. Steve and Nancy