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Billie Cale Pipes | obituary

Billie Cale Pipes was born on August 17, 1926 in Huckabay, Erath County, Texas to Maggie Cale (Brown) Pipes and David Pipes. His family moved from Truscott, Texas to Concord, Texas in 1929. He graduated from the Concord Independent School District in May 1943. Billie joined the Air Force Reserve in March 1944 and was called up for service active in March 1945.
After basic training at Shepherd Field and Tech School at Chanute Field, he was sent to the 403rd Troop Carrier Group 13th Squadron of the 13th Jungle Air Force at Dulog Air Strip on Leyte, Philippines Islands. His squadron then moved to Clark Field on Luzon and from there to Nichol Field, Manila. Billie was an air traffic clerk in the Air Force and served as a crew member of C-46s, C-47s and C-54s, which transported personnel and equipment throughout the South Pacific, from Hawaii to Australia, China, Japan and many smaller Pacific Islands. He was returned to the United States and honorably discharged in December 1946. Billie attended John Tarleton College for one year. He then went into business in Centerville and went on to study at Sam Houston University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He sold his business and was employed by the Standard Oil and Gas Company on the Gulf Coast. Billie married her college sweetheart, Ruth Word, on March 12, 1954. Two daughters were born to this union. He left the oil company in 1962 to enter teaching. He was employed by the Palestine Independent School District as a sixth-grade self-employed teacher. After integration, he became a mathematics teacher in sixth and seventh grade. Billie held various supervisory positions and retired in May 1989 as an elementary school principal.
Billie joined Centerville Lodge and was elevated to the rank of Master Mason in 1952. He held various positions in the Lodge, and three times served as Worshipful Master.
Billie was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth; both parents and brother, Ben David Pipes. He is survived by his wife, Sheri Loujeanne Hatch Pipes; daughters, Peri Pipes Gilmore (David), Kelly Pipes Bruner (Jack), Ronda Hatch Thomas (Gary) and Sandra Hatch McCraw (John); sons, Richard Hatch (Donna) and Mark Hatch (Kim); nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Paul Ray Pipes (Linda); Robert Harvey Pipes (Frieda) and Thomas Earl Pipes (Kathy); sisters, Emma Lee Pipes Petty; Peggy Joyce Pipes Henson and Ada Pearl Pipes Hart, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Billie loved hunting, fishing, farming, bridge, square dancing and travelling.
The funeral honoring the life of Billie will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 15, 2022 at Walters Funeral Home, Centerville, Texas. Brother. Wesley Henson will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Concord Cemetery, Concord, Texas. A visitation will be held Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Walters Funeral Home, Centerville, Texas.

Published on July 14, 2022