Billie Ruth (Tucker) Holmes was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She died on December 20, 2020 at age 74.
She was born in Canton, Mississippi to Almatine (Webb) and John D. Tucker on September 7, 1946. After graduating from high school, Billie Ruth attended Purdue University, where she majored in nursing. While at Purdue, Billie Ruth met and married Dr. John Wesley Holmes. Together, they had three children: John Alan, Elizabeth Ann, and Kathlene Alysia.
Billie Ruth spent over 20 years being a full time mom and homemaker raising her family in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1995, Billie Ruth returned to Indiana to be closer to her brothers and sisters and her large extended family in the Greater Chicago Area. There she launched her work at the Apostolic Church of God devoted to bible studies. One of her passions was to spread the gospel to individuals in her community. She was proud to earn her Evangelist certificate and work with nursing homes to care for the elderly. In fact, Billie Ruth never passed up an opportunity to share the love of her Savior. She enjoyed preaching, singing hymnals, and spending time with her siblings and children.
Billie Ruth is survived by her three children; one son, John Holmes; two daughters, Elizabeth Littlejohn and Dr. Kathlene Campbell; two sons-in-law, Dwight Littlejohn and Christopher Campbell; two grandchildren, Mia Littlejohn and Preston Littlejohn; four brothers, Dwayne Tucker, Eddie Tucker, James Tucker, and Marvin Tucker; five sisters, Diane Bigham, Mary Raybon, Carolyn Tucker, Denise Tucker, and Sharon Tucker; one uncle, William Webb; three sisters-in-law, Diane Tucker, Doris Tucker, and Jenny Tucker; one brother-in-law, Cedric Bigham; five nieces, Avis Raybon, Karen Raybon, Lisa Raybon, Jennifer Tucker, and Stephanie Tucker; six nephews, Jamar Bigham, Jessie Bigham, Anthony Tucker, Brad Tucker, Eddie Tucker, and Jonathan Tucker; and nine great-nieces and nephews, Amiyah Bigham, Harmony Bigham, Jessie Bigham, Jr., King Bigham, Noah Bigham, Erin Cunningham, Eijon Ford, Addison Graham, Garrison Graham, Emmerson Graham, Ariana Shepard, Anthony Tucker, Jr., Austin Tucker, and Tania Tucker.
Billie Ruth was preceded in death by her mother; father; brother, John David Tucker; brother-in-law, Kennieth Raybon; niece, Jamie (Tucker) Graham; and great nephew, Tyshawn Kidd.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
The family would like to extend love, thanks, and blessings to all for your heartfelt outpourings and support. You have been a great source of comfort and strength during our time of need. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the memory of Billie Ruth Holmes to the Apostolic Church of God at 6320 South Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
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