The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 30, 2011

Billie Jo Gideon

The Joplin Globe 2011

JOPLIN, MO — Billie Jo Gideon, age 77, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with the Lord early Monday, May 23, 2011, at Freeman Hospital from injuries suffered during the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011. Billie was born on Dec. 10, 1933, in Goodman, Mo., the daughter of Conley and Bernice (Johnson) Bellamy. She worked for 32 years at the Pentecostal Church of God Headquarters and Messenger Publishing. Billie attended the First Pentecostal Church of God which is now known as Crown of Life Chapel. She was previously married to Delbert Gideon, he survives. Additional survivors include three sons, Dennis Gideon Sr. and his wife, Blinda, of Joplin, Danny Gideon and his wife, Candy, of Joplin, and Scott Gideon and his wife, Linda, of Joplin; two daughters, Debbie Patterson, of Joplin, and Betty Benfield and her husband, Dale Sr., of Joplin; 10 brothers and sisters; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Billie was preceded in death by one sister. Funeral services have been scheduled for Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at the Mason-Woodard Chapel Rev. Paul Dilts will officiate. Burial will immediately follow in Tracy Cemetery, east of Anderson, Mo. Pallbearers will be Tim Beers, Larry Bellamy Jr., Kevin Beaver, Randy Beaver, Billy Ray Watkins and Jamie Watkins. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory. Online condolences may be made at