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Billye Cothern

Billye Cothern, 96, of Ruth, passed away on Oct. 27, 2020, at her daughter’s residence in Topeka. Ms. Billye was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Lawrence County, to William and Madge Gunnell Huguley.
Ms. Billye was the epitome of grace and class, a friend to all who knew her, a lover of Jesus, and the absolute best momma and mawmaw anyone could be blessed to have. We know college football will never be the same, but heaven just gained a little more purple and gold. Her most prized possession was her family, of which she beamed with pride over. She will be missed by everyone here, but we find comfort in knowing there is a great reunion in heaven, as she was united with her husband and other family members she missed and spoke of so often. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Jayess, where she was able to show her love for Christ and her servant’s heart.
Those preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Dulith Cothern; and siblings, Dixie Huguley Dewitt and Pat Huguley.
Ms. Billye is survived by her children, Danny Cothern, of Slaughter, La.; Joe Cothern (Dee), of Watson, La.; Sheila Cothern and Sandra King (Eddie), both of Topeka; one sister, Ramona Hurt of Jackson; grandchildren, Madonna Pendarvis, Joey Cothern, Billy Cothern, Robin Cothern, Matt Cothern, Meredith Davis, Shane Bullock, Shannon Bullock, and Shelly King; and 21 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank St. Luke Home Health and Hospice and special caregivers Heidi Smith, Jaci Montgomery-King, and Vella Coleman.