BOGATA — Billie Ruth Landrum Pirtle, 79, of Bogata died April 4, 2011, at her residence. A memorial service is at 7 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church in Bogata with Rev. Bobby Tollison officiating.
Wood Funeral Home of Bogata is in charge of arrangements.
Born Feb. 7, 1932, in Deport, she was the daughter of James Sterlon and Bertha Mae Chance Landrum. She married Kenneth E. Pirtle in 1956; he preceded her in death March 13, 1987.
Billie attended Cunningham schools, Paris Junior College and graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in 1953. She was a retired teacher/coach from Rivercrest Independent School District, having taught there until her retirement in 1987. Coach Pirtle was the only coach in Rivercrest ISD history to be a part of the coaching staff for two girls’ state basketball championships. — the 1968 Rebelettes coached by Larry Tucker and the 1980 Rebelettes coached by Frank Stubblefield. She was an avid sports fan, receiving the Athletic Booster award from Rivercrest in 2005 and was also inducted into the Rivercrest Hall of Fame in 2008; She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bogata.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Miller and husband Ken of Commerce and Karen Hudson and husband Brad of Paris; three grandchildren, Kati Miller of Fort Worth, Kami Miller of Paris and Brandon Hudson of Paris; one great-grandson, Lane Miller of Paris; sister-in-law Fredrika Hudson and husband David of Mt. Pleasant; nieces April Hudson, Peggy Risinger, Debby Clark and Tammy Landrum; nephews Johnny Whitney, Mark Hudson and Lance Hudson; and a special friend, Bonnie Huddleston.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Helen Whitney; and a brother, James Landrum.
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Published on  April 7, 2011