Dateline: August 18, 2005


Funeral services for Dianna Mae Hedgecoke Bilbrey, age 65, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2005, in the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon with Rev. Kenneth Metzger, Interim Pastor, officiating.  Burial was held in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Mrs. Bilbrey died Monday, August 8, 2005, in Amarillo.  She was born September 18, 1939, in Amarillo and lived most of her early life there. She was a Clarendon resident for approximately 20 years before returning to Amarillo three years ago.  Her family’s ancestral roots go back to the Republic of Texas.  She was a member of the DAR.  Her grandmother was Mattie Whittenburge-Hedgecoke.  She married Donnie Ray Bilbrey on October 1, 1962, at Amarillo.  She and her family had owned several area businesses including Hedgecoke Motors and Western Plaza in Amarillo and the Goodnight Ranch.  She was a Methodist.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999, and by a brother, James Andrew “Jimmie” Hedgecoke, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Tanya Kay Clason of Panhandle and Jimmie Kim Blair of Amarillo; three sons, Gary Lee Bilbrey of Canadian, Cecil Chan Bilbrey and Joe Don Bilbrey, both of Clarendon; one brother, Gary Richard Hedgecoke of Amarillo; eleven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to BSA Hospice or Odyssey Hospice in Amarillo.

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