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LEE BILLIPS
Retired educator and artist Lee Breeding Billips of Norris died Friday, July 16, in Atlanta after a long illness. She was 74.

Born in Danville, Ky., to Yater and Ruth Breeding, Billips grew up in East Tennessee and earned a bachelor's degree at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va.

She was homecoming queen at Emory & Henry and there met her late husband, Carles.

The couple moved to Norris in 1969, where they raised three children.

Billips earned a master's degree in education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

She taught at Clinton Junior High School before becoming an early grades teacher at Andersonville Elementary School, where she taught for more than 15 years before retiring.

She was a weaver and potter, active in the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, and worked in clay sculpture.

An avid gardener and animal lover, she enjoyed walking, reading novels and trying exotic cuisines.

She led adult Sunday School classes at Norris Religious Fellowship and was active in local politics, serving in several positions with the Democratic Women's Club and on the Anderson County Election Commission.

She enjoyed traveling, particularly to Great Britain, and took each of her grandchildren on an overnight train trip to a different American destination when they turned 8.

She is survived by her brother, Mark Breeding, of Honolulu, Hawaii; three children, Lee-Ann Williams, Michael Billips and Matt Billips, all of Atlanta; and four grandchildren, Kassi and Jonathan Williams and Joe and Tom Billips.



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