Billie Jo Henry

February 13, 1929 - May 5, 2023

Billie Jo Henry was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 13, 1929, to parents, Rev. & Mrs. Stewart B. Douglass. After attending University of Tulsa and then working briefly in Shreveport, Louisiana, she relocated to Port Arthur, Texas to pursue a job in fashion merchandizing. Shortly thereafter, Billie met the love of her life, Sam Dennard Henry, who she was married to for thirty-seven years prior to his death in 1992. After the birth of their two daughters, she then pursued her passion for education by obtaining both a bachelor’s and then masters’ degree from Lamar University. During that time, Billie was a much-loved teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for nineteen years, while also teaching graduate level courses at Lamar University. Each year, she co-led groups of students and adults on tours abroad, helping satisfy her love of travel, education, and adventure.

Billie loved the Lord Jesus and without question lived a life that was a testament to his love, compassion, and determination to help others. Her extended family was her much loved friends at First Baptist Church Port Arthur, where she served as choir President, Chairman of the Trustees and Team Captain for the church’s Relay-for-Life team.

Billie cherished Port Arthur and always called it home. Her life there for sixty-four years was such a blessing – to be crowned Mrs. South Jefferson County in the early years; followed by her calling to serve others as President of every level of the PTA; Treasurer of the Port Arthur Service League; President of the Port Arthur Country Club Ladies Auxiliary; and President of the South Jefferson Unit of the American Cancer Society, where she was a member for over fifty years.

After moving to Dallas in 2016 to be with family, Billie made a home at Signature Pointe Independent Living where she made many dear friends. She did not however “retire” while living in Dallas – she served as Ambassador to those living near her; ran the retirement community’s Country Store; and joined the Notables Senior Adult Choir at Park Cities Baptist Church.

On May 5, 2023, Billie passed peacefully to heaven with family by her side. She is proceeded in death by her husband, Sam Henry; parents, Stewart and Irene Douglass; sister, Barbara Moehlmann; brother, Stanley Douglass; and many lifelong friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Henry of Orlando, Florida; daughter, Denise Henry Rachal and her husband, Tom Rachal of Dallas, Texas; her cherished grandchildren, Elyssa Henry of Orlando, Sam Rachal of Dallas; niece, Carroll Martin and husband, Mike of Tyler; niece, Donna Payne and husband, Jimmy of Shreveport; niece, Kristle Comley and husband, Geoffrey of College Station; and many other loved ones.

Billie’s life will be celebrated in her beloved church with a gathering of family and friends at 11:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow immediately after at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at First Baptist Church Port Arthur, 3948 FM 365, Port Arthur, Texas. Her interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 3900 Twin City Hwy, Groves, Texas.

Your love for Billie is the greatest gift you could give to celebrate her life. If you wish to honor her memory in another way, please consider a donation in her name to First Baptist Church of Port Arthur 3948 FM 365, Port Arthur, Texas 77642, or to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of The Greater Golden Triangle, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

First Baptist Church-Port Arthur
  • 3948, Farm to Market Road 365, Port Arthur, Texas, 77642,
  • May 20, 2023
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Funeral Service

First Baptist Church-Port Arthur
  • 3948, Farm to Market Road 365, Port Arthur, Texas, 77642,
  • May 20, 2023
  • 12:00 pm


Greenlawn Memorial Park-Groves
  • 3900, Twin City Hwy, Groves, TX, 77619,
  • May 20, 2023

Comments (8)

    Dana Soares Weeks says:

    What a beautiful service for Mrs. Henry today. I was in her HECE class at TJ from 84-86. She was Ana amazing woman who taught us so many things. Life skills to personal skills, life lessons and always with a gentle demeanor. Going to conventions with her and daily classes were always an adventure. As an adult I enjoyed participating in Relay for Life with her as well. She was so generous with her time and encouragement. She made a lasting impact on my life. She will be greatly missed.

    Janis Bottoms Holt says:

    Denise and Vicki, I’m praying for you as you begin this journey without your mother. Your mom was a second mom to me. I was fortunate to see her over the years before she moved. I can hear her voice so clearly. My life was better because she was in it. She loved the Lord and now she is able to see Him face to face. How glorious. God bless.

    Jeremy Soares says:

    Mrs. Henry was my absolute favorite teacher and I know my life is even better for knowing and learning so much from her. She was one of the best role models and educators. She was a wonderful person and will be fondly remembered by so many of the people that had the opportunity to know her. My prayers and thoughts are with all her family, friends and loved ones.

    Becky and David Motley says:

    Thinking of you Denise and Family as you remember and Celebrate your Mother’s Life. May you be comforted by sweet memories.

    In His Love,
    Becky and David

    Beverly Heflin says:

    Denise and Vicki, you were so fortunate to grow up having such a wonderful Mom. I know she was always there for you (and fortunately praying for us in your extended group). I will always think about her when I read a good book, “Denise’s Mom would love this one”! She will be missed so much by so many. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Michelle Bruno says:

    Blessings to you and your family Denise and Tommy. I have sweet memories of your Mom.

    gena Carter says:

    Denise, So sorry to hear about your mom. Its so hard to lose your mom, she always had all the answers. God bless you as you learn to live without her. May she be forever in your heart. I am sure she was your inspiration of a beautiful mom that you are. Until you see her again. Prays for you

    George King says:

    Such a sweet lady. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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