Statesboro, Ga. — Billie Womack Shaw, age 81, passed away at her residence Friday, December 21, 2018. The native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County was born on her "home-place", her family farm, on July 31, 1937 to the late Lester and Daliah Hodges Womack.
She graduated from Portal High School in 1955 and worked for several years at Bulloch Telephone as a switchboard operator, later at Sunbeam Bread Store as store manager and ended her professional career at Statesboro High School as the school food service dietician/manager. She started her own cleaning business in 1990 and for over 20 years developed lifelong friendships with her clients who she claimed as part of her own family.
Ms. Shaw enjoyed the quiet and solitude of her farm where for years she raised all types of livestock, several generations of tame deer, and took care of any unwanted dogs and cats that were left near her home or at the infamous dumpsters on Portal Rocky Ford Road. She loved growing various houseplants and sharing them with others. She loved music and decided to learn to play the piano at the age of 65 because she always said you were never too old to learn something new. Ms Shaw was a hard worker who grew up during tough times, but used her strong work ethic to provide for her family and instill in them the importance of taking care of yourself. She was full of spirit, told you exactly like it was, was strong willed and stubborn, even eccentric at times, but she was always willing to lend a hand to those in need and was a friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her parents, several sisters and brothers and her beloved son, Charles Steven Finch. Surviving are her sister, Mary (Marion) Hopkins of Summerville, South Carolina; her children Charlene (Woody) Woods of Jacksonville, North Carolina; Cindy Kennedy of Register; Walter (Bonnie) Shaw of St. Simons; and Yvette Hannah (Mark) Crick of Brooklet; sixteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services and burial were held at Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Friends are welcome to visit with the family on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the home Dr. and Mrs. Mark Crick, 202 North Parker Avenue downtown Brooklet.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society of Statesboro/Bulloch County, PO Box 581, Statesboro, GA 30459.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, December 23, 2018
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