Billie Lawing

Billie Sue Lawing (West)

Thursday, September 5th, 1935 - Sunday, December 16th, 2018
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Billie Sue West Lawing, of Brevard, died Sunday, December 16, 2018 after a brief period of declining health. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She was born September 5, 1935, in Griffin, Georgia to the late John and Willie Ruth West Jones.
She graduated from Griffin High School in 1953 and Georgia State College for Women in 1957. In the summer of 1954 she worked as a camp counselor at Camp Gay Valley (now Gwynn Valley) in Transylvania County. There she met her future husband Luther (Bud) Lawing, of Charlotte, a fellow counselor. They were married August 24, 1957 in Griffin.
Mr. Lawing became an ordained Methodist minister, and after several years of “riding the circuit” with the Methodist Church, they returned to Brevard with their young family in 1965 when Mr. Lawing joined the faculty of Brevard College. Mrs. Lawing worked as a librarian, briefly for Brevard College, then for Transylvania County Schools for 23 years. In retirement she volunteered at Transylvania Regional Hospital.
She enjoyed gardening, and was a former member of the Transylvania Garden Club. She also enjoyed the natural beauty of Transylvania County, especially the birds, wildflowers, and waterfalls. The quintessential minister’s wife, she greatly enjoyed socializing with friends, family and acquaintances. She also loved to read.
She is survived by a stepbrother, Scott Jones and wife Nancy, of Marietta, GA, and their daughters Christen (husband Gary and daughter Gretchen)Pierce and Abbey Jones; children Erin Lawing (Asheville), Scott Lawing and wife Nancy (Brevard), Kim Lawing (Brevard), and Susan Lawing Barnes and husband Steve (Asheville); and grandchildren Rachel Lawing (Jersey City, NJ) and Alex Lawing (Charlotte).
Words cannot express the gratitude the Lawing family feels for the caregivers who cared for Billie at the end of her life. We could not hope to have had a more caring, compassionate, dedicated, and professional group of people serving her, and you have become like family to us.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 325 North Broad Street, Brevard NC 28712.
Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Brevard on Sunday, December 23, at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow at the church.
Online condolences may be left at
Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 |
    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
    First United Methodist Church of Brevard
    325 N. Broad St.
    Brevard, NC 28712
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  • Service

    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church of Brevard
    325 N. Broad St.
    Brevard, NC 28712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Mike Holder


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Bob & Carolyn Wise

Posted at 11:16am
Bud & Family; So sorry to hear about Billie, We have so many fond and fun memories from our times at
Cummings. Our thoughts and prayers are with You, Erin, Scott, Kim, and Susan.
God Bless Bob & Carolyn Wise

Eric Clonch

Posted at 05:30pm
Susan, Kim, and family,
What a blessing your Mom must have been to those she loved, and to those she served during her lifetime. May you be comforted by the many warm memories. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Eric & Melissa Clonch

Henry Roess

Posted at 04:23pm
For Susan and family
I want you to know that your mother left a lasting impression on me. I went to Penrose elementary while she worked there and have never forgotten her and thought of her quite often even though I have never seen her in the 40 plus years since
My deepest sympathy to you and all of your family
Henry Roess


Posted at 10:19am
Susan & Kim, What a beautiful picture of your mom! Hugs & prayers from the Witeks.
Norm loved your parents!

Cheryl Bradley

Posted at 08:57pm
Susan, Steve and Kim, so very sorry for your lost! My thoughts and prayers are with you!!! Much love and hugs, Cheryl Bradley

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