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Billie Bonniwell

May 11, 1938 — October 31, 2023

Billie Louise Long Bonniwell was born on May 11, 1938, to William G. Long and Louise Doughty Long.

Billie was predeceased by her life companion, Joe Morris, her three brothers, Larry Long, Phillip Long and Don Long.

Bille is survived by her sister, Diane Custis (Roy), her son, Reade Bonniwell (Stephanie), her daughter-in-law, Jodi Bailey (Jeff), her seven grandchildren, Jeremy Bonniwell (Jessica), Christy Baylis (Shawn), Cindy Daniels (Brian),Connie Cooper (Skyy), Brent, Leah and Kendall Bailey, and six great-grandchildren, McKoy Bonniwell, Aiden Gaston, Connor and Caitlin Daniels, Elyana and Ruby Cooper, her nephew, Steve Custis (Jessica), her great nieces, Virginia and Marguerite Custis, and her niece, Kelly Long.

In the 1970’s, Billie moved to Virginia Beach to pursue a career and retired from C&P Telephone.  After enjoying many years across the bay, she moved back to the Eastern Shore in 2020.  She took pleasure in cooking, talking on the phone, shopping, reading, gardening and bird watching.  Billie was interested in genealogy and could recite a family tree from memory.  Billie’s favorite day of the week was Thursday because it always began with a visit to her special friends at the Hair Loft.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Per Billie’s request, interment will be private in Belle Haven Cemetery at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore, Virginia.

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