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Billye Francis Canady


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Billye Francis Canady

Billye Francis Canady went home to see Jesus on September 23, 2021 in Fort Smith, AR. She joins her husband Walter “Babe” Canady at the pearly gates.

She was born an only child to Frederick Cornelius and Katherine Washington on November 6th, 1942 in Hobbs NM. She attended New Mexico Highlands University in Gallup NM in her 20’s and graduated with a bachelor of science in Microbiology. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Odessa, TX and worked for Medical Center where she purchased a home at 1416 Glenwood St. In her late 20’s she met and married her 1st husband Norman Lewis but was only married a short time.

During her 29th year she joined St. James Baptist Church where she became choir director and met her husband of 42 yrs Walter Lee Canady. In 1972, they were married and welcomed their first son on October 17th, 1974. She moved back to Hobbs two weeks later after she lost her father. In 1979, her 2nd child, Kiri Jon Canady was born on September 15th, 1979.

Billye stayed in Hobbs and became a faithful member and choir coordinator of Ebenezer Baptist Church until 1989 when she lost her mother and moved to Roswell NM. She and her husband lived in Roswell, NM until his death in 2019 after which she moved to her son’s home in Alma, AR. She once again joined St. James in Fort Smith, AR, and attended regularly.

Over the course of their full life they were proud owners of Babe’s Bar B Que on Main Street in Roswell. Billye was a substitute teacher for special needs kids RISD until 2019 and was constantly interested in home improvement.

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They are survived by her son in Arkansas, six grandsons. And her son in Eugene, Oregon, and one great grandson, and one great grand daughter.

She will missed by both friends and family.

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