In Loving Memory

Rebecca Billie Bryars

September 11, 1940 - April 27, 2021

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Rebecca Billie Bryars, 80, a lifetime resident of Fairhope Alabama, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at her home with her family by her side.

Affectionately known as Gigi by her eight grandchildren and great grandson, Becky had a deep passion for the arts. She attended ballet class into her 70’s. She loved to play tennis and golf, was a seasoned southern creole cook, and a talented artist in many mediums. She fashioned dozens of French hand-sewn heirlooms for her grandchildren.  Becky was an avid Crimson Tide football fan and loved her New Orleans Saints. In her spare time, she loved to travel, read and throw a cast net on the bay. She purposefully passed her passions to her grandchildren and enjoyed watching each one of them succeed. Becky modeled courage and perseverance in her long battle with cancer.

Becky was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Bryars; parents, Chester and Gaynelle Billie; brother, Chester Billie, Jr. and niece, Carla Billie.

She is survived by her children, Rebecca (Reggie) Lancaster of Tuscaloosa, AL, Rachel (Skip) Neal, North Augusta, SC and Daniel Chatwood, III of Fairhope, AL; grandchildren, Alexandra (Lawton) Dean, Emily (Doug) Killough, Anna Beth (Carter) Standeffer, Riley Kate Lancaster, Andrew Bosco, Edward Mitchell, Toliver Chatwood, Madison Chatwood; great-grandson, Samuel Dean; her former husband and father to her three children, Dan Chatwood, Jr., and her sister-in-law, Susan Billie.

A memorial service will be held at St James Episcopal Church, 860 North Section Street in Fairhope, AL, on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  There will be a time of visitation beginning at 12:00 p.m.  Interment will take place at St. James Memorial Garden at a later date with family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St James Episcopal Church, 860 North Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

6 Comments

  1. Charles & Christy Grelier

    We are thinking of your family and wishing you peace and comfort, as you remember your Mother’s remarkable life and mourn her passing. We have so many wonderful memories shared with Becky and all of you on our family visits to Fairhope. We have to smile, when we reflect on Becky’s passion for Alabama Football and the happy times spent together attending the annual Iron Bowl. It was understood that winning was the only option for Becky!

    Becky was a cherished friend who loved her family. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Holding your family close in our hearts and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless all of you!

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  2. Robin Reach

    The first time my girls and I met Gigi we fell in love with her beautiful red hair, her amazing wardrobe, and contagious personality.

    I look back at the times we were together for dance recitals and weddings with fond memories and a smile.

    I also cherish the moments we went shopping and had delicious meals in New York City.

    She was truly the epitome of a Southern Lady.

    She will be greatly missed by her family, her friends, and the community.

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  3. Patsy Clark

    Becky’s beloved family is in my thoughts and prayers. She lived
    a wonderfully full life, and it was
    my privilege to share some great times with her when we both were a little younger and
    healthier.
    From cooking marinara sauce and fresh pasta to sharing books
    and playing many golf games,
    it was fun. We played golf in each other’s member/guest
    tournaments at Lakewood and Rock Creek and even won a
    tournament in our flight once
    (High handicap, admittedly).
    She had such pride and joy in her children and her grandchildren.
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Patsy and Ray Clark

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  4. Bonnie Windle, Doug's Aunt

    My sympathy to Emily and all her family in the passing of her grandmother. Grandmothers are such a wonderful part of each family and you are so blessed in having known her and having been loved by her.

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  5. Carol McCue Gray

    A good life well lived. Condolences to the family.

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  6. Yvette Bracy

    My Heartfelt Sympathy to all of you ,Earth has no Sorrow that Heaven can not heal.🙏🙏🙏

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