Billie Bea “Dee Dee” Heltz, 83, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday morning, November 8, 2022 at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Athens. Billie Bea was a lifelong resident of Athens.
Growing up, Billie Bea fortunately did the not-so-glamorous chores of grooming, feeding the horses, cleansing their stables and doing the identical for her father’s treasured pointers/birddogs. She graduated from McMinn County High School in 1956, continued her training at Tennessee Wesleyan College, the place she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority, and graduated in 1960 with a BS diploma in library science.
She has spent her whole profession as a public faculty librarian, first at Sweetwater High School however primarily at McMinn County High School in Athens, the place she met Latin instructor Dean Heltz, who turned the love of her life. Inasmuch as Billie and Dean had an unquenchable thirst for data and journey, they traversed this nation, be it on their very own to Oxford, Mississippi, to the Ole Miss soccer video games, to the annual William Faulkner Yoknapatawpha convention, to the Greek Festival in Knoxville and to virtually another place with some type of “festival” or with regionally organized tour teams. With a seemingly inexhaustible should be on the go, Billie made essentially the most of any “downtime” by perfecting the artwork of knitting, which features a portfolio of a number of hundred Christmas stockings. She additionally discovered time to volunteer on the Tri County Center for the Developmentally Disabled, a constitution member of the Nocatula Civitan Club, a member of the Decatur Civitan Club, the McMinn County Retired Teachers Association, and an advocate/supporter of the McMinn Regional Humane Society. She was a life member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the place she taught the Sunday School class of Loyal Matrons for many years.
Billie Bea was preceded in loss of life by her loving husband Jerome Dean Heltz, with whom she was 46; dad and mom, William Otto Kennedy and Myrtle Ida Keirn-Kennedy; Sister Mildred Kennedy-Adams; and nephew, William Joe Adams.
She is survived by a big and loving household, together with nieces Donna Adams-Cagle (Bob) of Athens and Brenda Adams of Cleveland; nephew Thomas “Buck” Adams (Larry Vincent) of Knoxville; grandnieces, Heidi Ables (Mike Lucas), Casey Idol (David), Jody Adams and Holly Marion (Ernest); great-nephews, Bo Cagle (Jennifer) and Travis Adams (Elizabeth); great-great nieces and nephews, Cy Ables (Kristen), Zeb and Zak Idol, Ace and Cruz Cagle, William and Thomas Jarvis, Bradley, Bryson, Madison, McKenzie and Zachary Marion, Hank, Ellen and James Adams; and great-great-great-nephew, Dash Ables.
The go to to the household will start at 12 midday, adopted by a brief memorial service to be presided over by Dr. Mike Frazierat on the Smith Funeral Home, 1010 S. White St., Athens. Everyone is invited.
Memorials could also be provided in lieu of flowers to the McMinn County High School Athletic Performance Center, http://mscdonate.com/home.html or the McMinn Regional Humane Society, http://mrhumane.org.
Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is in command of the preparations.
The household thanks the Hospice of Chattanooga, Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Athens and Ashley’s Southern Hospitality, LLC for his or her tender, loving consolation and take care of Billie Bea.
Condolences and particular feedback for or concerning the deceased might be made at www.smithfuneralandcremationservicesofathens.com.