Billie Pomeroy Widman, 86, of Fayetteville passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at her home surrounded by family and friends. Billie was born on June 3, 1934 in Smyrna, Tennessee to the late Mildred and William Pomeroy.
Billie attended Central High School in Fayetteville, and was voted “Most Popular” by her classmates due to her kind, caring, and personable nature. After high school, Billie attended Methodist College, where she graduated summa cum laude - earning a teaching degree with double majors in Language Arts and French.
Billie went on to attend East Carolina University, eventually earning two Master’s Degrees - one in Library Science, and the other in Administration and Supervision. She maintained a perfect grade point average throughout graduate school.
Upon graduation from college, Billie worked for several years as a school Media Coordinator in the Fort Bragg School System. She then transferred to the Cumberland County School System, where she was employed as a school Media Coordinator - first at Douglas Byrd Middle School, and then at Seventy-First High School. She retired from the school system in July, 1999, after more than 30 years as a school Media Coordinator.
As a young adult, Billie began attending Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, the church which she would attend for the remainder of her life. She was a dedicated and active church member - serving God and others in her sweet, quiet manner. It was there that she met the love of her life, - her future husband, Owen.
Billie was a dedicated, loving, and involved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother. She held a deep and abiding love for her family and friends. She was consistently kind, generous, and thoughtful. Known for being highly intelligent, witty, and sweet natured, Billie used her gifts and talents unsparingly to help others.
Always willing to lend a helping hand, Billie was deeply committed to assisting those in need. She possessed a tender heart, and she consistently put the needs of others before her own. Billie unfailingly sought ways in which to make positive contributions of time, talents, and resources, and she never failed to provide aid to anyone whom she perceived as needing assistance.
Billie and Owen had a deep and loving commitment to each other, and to their Lord. They demonstrated selfless Christian compassion and service to others, with Billie often quietly helping out behind the scenes. In addition to showing her love for God and others through acts of service, she regularly advocated for family, friends, and community members as a “prayer warrior”.
Additionally, Billie spent much of her time serving her beloved church, community members, and mission recipients through dedicated involvement in various church service committees and community organizations. She served on an assortment of committees, and in various organizations including: Past President of Cross Creek / Briarwood Garden Club, NCAE treasurer, Intercessory Prayer Committee, Acts II Prayer Group member for over 20 years, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Member of Mission Trip to Czech Republic in 2005, Past Member of sanctuary choir, Bible Study Fellowship, Sponsor of children from foreign countries, Bereavement Committee, “Operation In-As-Much” participant, and Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) member.
As a committed Christian, Billie raised her two daughters to love and serve the Lord. She was a wonderful and loving mother who provided an outstanding example of selfless Christian witness, charity, and service to others.
Billie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Owen Widman. She is survived by daughters Sharon “Boo” McGoogan (and husband Duncan) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Lola R. Widman of Fayetteville, grandchildren Alex McGoogan (and wife Mason), Bonnie Holladay (and husband Brooks) all of Mt. Pleasant, SC, sister Belinda Holland (and husband Claudie) of Fayetteville, brother Donnie Lucas of Goldsboro, NC, nieces Cathy Holland of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Pamela Tatum of Fayetteville, nephews Gerald Bagley, George Pomeroy, and Franklin Pomeroy of Fayetteville, and various great nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service for the family will be held on Monday, April 12. A private burial will be held afterwards at Lafayette Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Westmont Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28305, or to the “His Outreach Worldwide Ministry” at 2770 Breezewood Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Online condolence maybe expressed at www.sullivanshighland.com.
Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.
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