~ The Obituary ~
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
- St. John 14:1-3.
Mother Ruth Sylvia Graves Billups was born in Marion County to the late Mr. Boyd Albert Graves and Mrs. Kate Graves on February 11, 1923. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2. Mother Billups peacefully and comfortably slept into eternity early Wednesday morning, November 16, 2022 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Ronald H. Johnson of Lake View, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Huston Patrick Billups Jr.; four children: Betty Jean Scott, Ernestine Godfrey, Mildred Harris, and Robert Billups; and son-in-law Ronald Jenkins Sr.
Mother Billups was joined in holy matrimony to Huston Patrick Billups Jr. on December 9, 1949. She was employed at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Fork, SC as a certified nursing assistant and retired after many years of diligent service. She then began enjoying her numerous hobbies including fishing, quilting, canning fruits and vegetables from her garden, raising chickens, making lye soap, flower gardening and solving word puzzles. Most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her family. A member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, she served faithfully on the usher board, church choirs, and missionary board until her health declined.
Mother Billups leaves to cherish loving memories, her children: Judy B. Johnson of the home, Ester (Agnew) Cummings of New York, NY, Matthew R. (Joyce) Billups of Florence, SC, Betty (Charlie) Corbin, Shirbey (Ronald Hal) Johnson of Lake View, SC, CatheyJenkins of Lake View, SC, granddaughter Andrea Johnson of the home, and Reverend Jerome Billups of Marion, SC, a special nephew whom she claimed as her own; and sister, Mrs. Margie Brown of New York; grandchildren: Patricia (Thomas) Fedina, Tonica Mullings, Glynis Harris (Troy) Clarke, Latasha Billups, Taiwanna Billups, Dana (Dustin) Reed, Maquella Grant, Sequella Grant, Taquina (Markcus) Davis, Marcus Johnson, Matthew (Priscilla) Billups, Angie Brown, Bridget Corbin, Kim (Michael) Bright, Najah(Mike) Grice, Toshia (Rufus) Robinson, Monique Johnson, Ronald Jenkins Jr., Nachenga Johnson, Sharonda (Morris) LeBlanc, Ashley Grant, Candice Johnson, Zackarie Jenkins, and Natasha Jenkins; great grandchildren: Yusef Jenkins, Patrick Jenkins, Tyler Brown, Zaryn Jenkins, Destiny Reed, Dasia Reed, N’Shanti Thomas, Nakia Johnson, Junia Davis, Saniya LeBlanc, Israel Davis, Zyrell Jenkins, Kinsley Jefferson, ZackarieJenkins Jr., Olivia Jenkins, Ariana Abraham, Mikey Seabrook, Demetrius Washington, Malik Milton, Tiaya Jones, Jade Thompson, Jordan Thompson, Wendell Robinson, Malia LeBlanc, and Hugh Billups.